Matthew Hart

Matthew Hart

Brooklyn, NY, US


Bullitt Foundation Living Building

[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Cascadia Region Green Building Council set forth a challenge to design a building “informed by its eco-region's characteristics that generates all of is own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.”  This challenge is known as the living building challenge.  In a combined effort with Miller Hull Architects of Seattle and Dennis Hayes, the president of the Bullitt Foundation, I designed a building that attempts to meet all of the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.

The building form is a response to its context at both an urban and regional scale.  The base of the building addresses the urban context of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and engages the community at a pedestrian scale.  Above this foundation the building takes on a new form in response to the environmental context of the Pacific NW.  Office space resides within a shallow floor plan allowing for maximum daylighting while reducing need for electrical lighting.  Circulation space is sunk to the middle of the floor plan where less lighting is required.  The interior program is expressed outside through building form and materials.

The North West’s environmental context also influenced the building systems and the strict performance requirements of the Living Building Challenge required a non conventional approach.  Operable windows and ventilation shafts combined with light shading blinds on the south and vertical shading louvers on the west façade help regulate solar gain.  These strategies will reduce the need for air conditioning.  A photovoltaic array on the building’s southern façade and reflective light shelves help to reduce the building’s electrical load while providing an even interior lighting level.  Instead of discharging wastewater to city treatment system, a living machine filters and cleans all water on site.  These strategies will help to reduce the buildings total energy usage and outside resource requirements.

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Status: School Project
Location: Seattle, WA, US