When young Alex Finnell was challenged by his parents to design an “age in place” home for them and his 95-year old grandmother, he set about helping them to achieve their goal of living in their own home late into their retirement years while being as safe, independent, and comfortable as possible.
With details of glass, timber, and stone that is responsive to the surrounding hillside, this guesthouse is one element in a vacation retreat that is located on a former cattle ranch in the Santa Lucia Preserve near Carmel, California. Additional structures on the retreat include the main residence and a workshop.
The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for living and entertaining. Now at 3,000 square feet, the 1950’s era ranch home that is located in a suburban cul de sac in the hills of Belmont, California is a modern, contemporary residence with European sensibilities and sustainable features.
Designed by Danish architect Tegnestuen Vandkunsten for client Realdania Byg, The Modern Seaweed House features the use of seaweed in thatch-like layers on the roof in a manner that has become a disappearing tradition on the Danish island of Læsø, where only twenty such historical houses remain.
Attendees of the 2013 Explore Design Home Tour, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle, will get up close and personal with Park Passive, one of seven homes on the Tour and the first home in Seattle to be designated as a Passive House in accordance with the requirements set by Passive House Academy as authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Passivhaus sets international standards for a certification program by which ultra-low energy buildings are evaluated.