Many buildings are designed to fit into the natural world around them. Orchard House was built to pay homage to it. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Fivedot, the house resides on the site of a former orchard. In fact, the heritage trees of the orchard are still in the property’s rear yard.
Located in the Greenlake area of Seattle, Orchard House includes 3,320 square feet of amazing design. Stacked volumes create different indoor and outdoor spaces, and different overhangs and intersections give the home various areas of interest. The home builds a connection to the outside world through large windows everywhere and big doors that lead to the outdoors. It’s a great blend of manmade and natural beauty and a perfect way to honor the 1900s-era orchard that once sat onsite.
The sustainable design includes three large water cisterns arranged in front of the house to block street noise. These cisterns catch rainwater from the roof so that it can be used in the home’s plumbing. Orchard House also sits against a backdrop of trees and landscaping, a building made with a variety of natural, sustainable, local and reclaimed materials that blend in beautifully with the surrounding world.
Additionally, the large windows provide natural light and passive cooling. In the bathroom, the vanity is made from a large, live-edged slab milled from a tree that was removed during the construction of the local courthouse. Throughout the interior, polished concrete floors lead to sliding doors made from surplus doors that came from a local salvage yard. For a final unique touch, tucked among the property’s existing trees is a rain garden that creates the border for the rear patio.
Images via Fivedot