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Sustainability & Residential Concrete Awards


The Nighthawk Retreat, an earth-sheltered and solar-powered vacation home near Chelan, Washington, received both the Sustainable Merit Award and the Residential Structures Award at the 2010 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. This follows the retreat’s CRSI 2010 Honorable Mention and recent publication in the book “21st Century Houses: 150 of the World’s Best”. Its always nice to know somebody thinks we’re doing something right.

Rather than showing photos of the final design again, here are some construction sequence shots, highlighting the process of cast-in-place concrete construction. It’s interesting to see how much effort went into placing the concrete, most of which was backfilled & buried – never to be seen again. By using concrete and earth as thermal mass, the interior spaces stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter than they would have been if conventional wood-frame construction had been used.

Once again, this project would not have been possible without great clients and the engineering prowess of Quantum Consulting Engineers.

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Comments:

  1. LRead says:

    Very cool brochure, Guys!!

    • Eggleston|Farkas Architects says:

      Thanks. We recently added PDF brochures for all of the projects in our online portfolio. If you scroll down to the bottom of each project’s webpage you’ll find the link. The PDFs have more info – including floor plans, sketches, etc. – than the online project pages, so you might want to check them out.

  2. [...] thermal insulation, sun shading, fire protection and roll down doors that provide extra security. The cast in place structure designed by Seattle’s Eggleston Farkas Architects was recognized for Sustainable Merit at the [...]

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