Friendly and Sustainable Home in Washington State : Casa Della Buona Forchetta
We received photos and information about Casa Della Buona Forchetta, a sustainable residence envisioned by HKP and located on Guemes Island, Washington, USA. Here is the official project description: “Designed for year-round living, the house is composed in three parts. Kitchen, dining, living and study rooms serve as the pavilion space for the house. The master bedroom has been designed as a semi-private wing and a guest-house is connected to the house by a covered walkway. The carport is sited on higher ground away from the house. The house sits low in the meadow. Approached by car, the design theme is revealed from an elevated view looking down on the roof planes. The three-part concept is expressed by low sloping metal shed roofs linked together by a horizontal living green roof, which defines circulation and entry spaces. The pavilion space has a broad, low sloping shed roof with valleys and eaves extending out equally in three directions.
Large sliding glass door open at the corners, bringing the outdoors into the living space. The extended roof plane shades the interior in the summer, while allowing the sun in during the fall and winter months. A free standing concrete and metal fireplace is centrally located to provide enjoyment from the living, dining and kitchen spaces. A ground source heat pump system provides in-floor heating. All potable water for the home is collected from the roofs. The green roof helps to slow runoff and provides additional insulation. All the cabinetry and counter tops have been milled from salvaged maple trees felled on the site. The house has 2600 SF of living space with an equal amount of outdoor hard-scape”.