This high-performance home in Columbia City, Washington is a perfect example of sustainable design. It features responsibly-harvested and recycled materials, solar power on the roof and a well-insulated, air-tight envelope – all surrounded by native plants in the garden. The Genesee Park residence, designed by First Lamp Architecture and built by Seattle-based contractor Dwell Development, is net zero energy and achieved 5-Star Built Green certification.
The 3,700-square-foot home is located across from Genesee Park in Seattle, near the shores of Lake Washington and a broad open meadow that stretches five blocks north to Stan Sayres Memorial Park on Lake Washington Boulevard. The building sits on a large 8,000-square-foot lot and is surrounded by native plants and ample space for gardening.
It offers an open-plan living room bathed in natural light, four bedrooms and bathrooms, guest rooms and indoor-outdoor entertainment areas, including a spacious rooftop terrace that offers expansive views of Lake Washington.
The architects layered materials to create a dynamic exterior. Concrete, oak, metal and fiber cement are combined with an array of reclaimed, locally sourced and recycled materials. A large rooftop solar array, airtight envelope, energy-efficient windows and thick, well-insulated walls all contribute to the high performance of the building.
Photos by Tucker English