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Bellingham Residence & Retirement Care

Location: Bellingham, WA

Size/cost: 3,981sf / $463,000 est.  (design completed 2008, on hold until other real estate sells)
He is a meteorite hunter, she a construction foreman.  I met them in the deepest of south on ‘the Ice’ [Antarctica] and our discussions in the field melded into a 4,000sf house and retirement home for two of their close friends a few years down the road.  They currently care for her fully-dependent Mother of 92 years and periodically leave for months at a time with their polar work.

Plan

Plan

•  Careful attention paid to Universal design for the elderly and physically challenged.

Existing Site

Existing Site

Site Plan

Site Plan

•  The structure is broken-down to different, yet integrated elements that provide privacy and independence while sharing common living and dining areas.  The south-western mass can be decommissioned/winterized if occupancy decreases.

Section through common spaces

Section through common spaces

Section through ancillary spaces

Section through ancillary spaces

•  Stack ventilation, evaporative cooling from the wetland to the south, passive solar and radiant heating using a geothermal heat pump beneath the driveway help achieve thermal comfort while optimizing energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Solar diagram

Solar diagram

Early concept sketch

Early concept sketch

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