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The Roundy Residence Sits Calmly in the Face of San Juan Islands’ Winds
Ten acres of gently rolling hills abruptly end in a high bluff down to the water, and this stark change in the landscape is what inspired the architecture of the home. Strong winds swoop up from the bluff and can make the landscape harsh, but Miller Hull counterbalances this by using the home as a wind break. Positioning the home parallel with the bluff, the public living spaces, entry porch and the garage take the wind front on, but also take advantage of the views.
The private section of the home juts out perpendicular to the public space and is fully protected against the wind. Oriented to the east and west, the private rooms take advantage of solar passive design, with private doors that open onto a south-facing porch with continuous glazing. This porch takes advantage of the sun in the winter months and is shaded during the summer months. The T-shape of the house creates two protected zones on either side of the living quarters, and the one out in front of the bedrooms serves as a private garden. In the center of the home, a two story tower is used as a private studio and office space. On top is a solar hot water system that powers the hydronic heating systems inside.
Images ©Benjamin Benschneider
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