- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Cantilever House Combines Commercial Steel and Residential Style
Posted By Dan Mendes On April 23, 2010 @ 5:30 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 4 Comments
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.
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/cantilever-house-combines-commercial-steel-and-residential-style/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/04/4-cantilever.jpg
 Anderson Anderson Architects: http://andersonanderson.com
 prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/04/5-cantilever.jpg
 cantilever: http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantilever
 + Anderson Anderson Architects: http://andersonanderson.com/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.