“BLK_LAB uses a series of thoughtfully placed windows to achieve a combination of passive solar design and an advanced thermal envelope,” says architect Christopher Patano, founder of Seattle firm Patano Studio Architecture. The home is insulated with cellulose, a material made from 85 percent post-consumer recycled content, which is densely packed into each stud cavity.
“An overarching concept for the house was to let the materials age over the years, enhancing a sense of time and place for the project,” Patano says. Locally sourced larch, milled specifically for the project, features prominently throughout the home. On the exterior, vertical wood siding boards are fastened with stainless steel nails over a proprietary moisture barrier, allowing ventilation and preventing water intrusion. The waist-high larch barrier around the 700-square-foot deck provides privacy.
On the first level, the living room and dining room connect to a southeast-facing terrace, which catches the morning and midday sun. A pair of larch sliding doors join the two rooms. Two Marcel Breuer Wassily chairs from Knoll flank the rug, from Room & Board, and Portland Willamette Ovation II fireplace.
The kitchen opens up to the dining room to facilitate social cooking and eating. “Since everyone gathers in the kitchen, we designed a long galley-style layout with extra width between counters,” Patano says. Casework and Calacatta quartz countertops by Pedini complement the ovens and cooktop, both by Miele, and a Blanco faucet and Elkay sink.