The front facade shows the Cor-Ten steel panels that wrap the second floor of this home. The panels, which were painted chocolate brown to hide the rust stains typically associated with weathered steel, have different types of bends and various amounts of circles. The type of space or wall behind the panel determined the type of panel used. If there was a window that needed light and some privacy, a panel with more holes was used, but if there was a wall of stucco, a panel with fewer holes was used.
This ESCAPE Vista is clad in cedar vertical siding and cedar trim with steel accent and protective panels, offering a rugged exterior that blends beautifully with its surroundings. Its rugged exterior is durable enough to handle extreme heat or cold, while still maintaining its elegance.
With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the Capitol Hill Residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its microclimate. Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in nature. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view. Hidden systems affect the energy consumption of the house such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid.
The Noho Duplex in New York City has street level entry. With the windows on the front exterior of the space, this left little room for privacy in the home's previous design. The homeowners wanted an industrial feel for their home, so they wanted to stick with a more modern design and didn't want the clutter of having to hang curtains to get privacy, so designers created a two-fold privacy plan. First, they replaced the homes existing windows with frosted paned windows to obscure the view from the street. Then, they added custom fabricated, full height, glazed steel bi-fold doors with frosted glass panels to create a sort of "foyer" in the space. These doors are retractable, so once the family is in for they night, they can fold up the doors and enjoy the open spaces in their home.
In designing his backyard home office/writing studio, Marco Morelli went with a warm but dramatic look. He chose Studio Shed's corrugated steel panels and Collins Block siding to sheath his shed's exterior. The red exterior complements and contrasts with his home's creamy yellow exterior. Once their shed was in place, the Morellis added a path, vegetable beds and play area.
The tree canopy was the inspiration for the Cor-Ten steel panels on the home's exterior. Modal Design wanted to create the same dappled light effect that you experience below a tree canopy with the circles cut out of the steel panels. The pool's plaster matches the color of the home's stucco, so the pool becomes one with the home. Modal Design chose the unique plaster color rather than a typical blue to keep the pool from contrasting with the natural materials of the home.