Energy–sponsored competition held on the National Mall in Washington,
D.C. For their Truro clients, they designed a structure that manages to be
dramatic yet unobtrusive, luxurious yet free of frills, and filled with modern
amenities yet minimal in its carbon footprint. “We optimize each building
specifically for the given conditions,” says Stephanie Horowitz, one of the
architects on the project. “We consider its site, the climate, use of energy
and materials, the way the owners are going to live in it, the level of energy
savings they want to achieve — and how much they want to spend.”
The clients, who also have a home in Boston, wanted a “modern
beach house,” hard-wearing, with money spent on the common areas and
the master suite, and an economical treatment for the guest bedrooms.
They also knew they wanted it to be “green,” though exactly what that
would mean wasn’t clear at the start. ZED laid out energy-use alternatives
on a cost-benefit spectrum, factoring in the family’s planned use (weekends
year-round for the husband and wife and “everybody every day” throughout
the summer), and 30 years’ worth of local climate and temperature data.
In the end, the family decided to reach for the zero-net-energy ring.
They started with the basics: super-insulation, multiple heating and air
; low-slung italian sofas
invite kicking back after a day at
the beach. Upholstered in
durable microsuede, they meet
the challenges of grandchildren,
yet suit the sophisticated space.
The painting above the Italian
sandstone fireplace is by Cape
Cod artist Elaine Souda.