Lone Madrone is a 1,600 square foot resort located on the rocky, south-facing coastline of Orcas Island, a small horseshoe-shaped island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.A variety of native and drought-tolerant plants and vegetation are planted on the green roof of the house. The designer hopes this feature can be increased Biodiversity The value of the area.
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This house called Lone Madrone was built for a family of four wood. It uses a simple design to blend into the natural environment and imitate the hillside behind it. More importantly, Lone Madrone is also hidden in the natural depressions (called “wedge geometry”) in the coastline landscape to reduce its visual impact and minimize exposure to the weather.
Although the living space is completely open to the garden on the north side and the water on the south side through a customized lifting sliding door mechanism, the construction of the bedroom takes more privacy into consideration. Private rooms are located on the forest slope to the west, while the kitchen opens to the east. Taking into account the extreme weather exposure of the site, all main openings are paired with rolling wall panels to provide safety and protect the house from winter storms.Various local woods were used in the construction process, including Douglas fir and western red for flooring and decoration. cedar Used for siding, walls and ceilings, and pacific madrone for indoor furniture.
The site itself is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument, which is characterized by its sensitive coastline and marine environment. Therefore, the designers took their understanding of the nearshore ecology as part of the garden roof design.This Green roof It features native plants and provides habitat for coastal insects, which have become an important food source for the local endangered Chinook salmon. According to the designer, the roof helped replace 90% of the plant footprint lost due to construction.
Sean Airhart photographed by Heliotrope Architects