This net-zero energy residence is positioned on a slender parcel of land alongside Lake Champlain. The architecture and site design address the idea of edge and emergence.
The natural undulations of the land flow by the southeastern edge of the house, appearing almost to leap on to the adjacent rooftop in the form of a green roof garden. The presence of the water’s edge became a feature that “pulled” the structure from the earth, so as to hover on, and engage that edge. That natural tension, between the earth and the water, served to inform the physical manifestation of the design.
The house is a simple structure that relies on renewable energy to provide heating, cooling, and electricity. The design features a solar photovoltaic array, ground source heat pumps, and a heat recovery ventilation system.Photography: Jim Westphalen Photography