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Cantilever House Combines Commercial Steel and Residential Style
Perched upon a mountain a short drive away from Seattle, Washington, the Cantilever House combines a small-scale commercial steel frame with stunning modern styling. According to Anderson Anderson Architects the efficient construction was created through the union of two standardized, mass produced building elements — a prefabricated steel structural frame and a structural insulated panel system (SIPS) that encloses the entire building.
The large floor-to-ceiling windows flood the house with abundant natural light and reduce the need for energy consumption. The most interesting aspect of this house is its cantilever design in which the entire house is held up by one small base located on one side of the house. This smaller foundation allows for a decrease in geological disturbance by reducing the amount of land that must be dug into and destroyed to properly support a house of this size.
Meticulous planning by Anderson Anderson has allowed for this house to be interchangeable and linkable with other prefabricated pieces, which allows for further expansion using the same eco techniques used to build the main structure. Another unique feature is the secluded outdoor shower that provides stunning views of the great outdoors.
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