It’s perfectly acceptable to forget about air-source heat pumps, bio-composite wood siding, low-e windows, and all of the sustainable bells and whistles of green building to sit back and enjoy views of some of Mother Nature’s finest handiwork from the comfort of your own home. This particularly applies to the Davis Residence, a not-necessarily-green-home in Bellingham, Washington, where the views are, for lack of a better phrase, to die for.

The 1,400 square foot, timber and glass modern home perched atop a heavily wooded bluff overlooking the San Juan Islands was designed by Miller Hull Partnership — the firm behind the LEED Gold Northwest Maritime Marine Center and other sustainable building projects — and is quite striking itself with or without the killer views.

It was also a winner in the 2009 AIA Housing Awards.

Still, I keep on returning to the views. Maybe it’s my Pacific Northwest native self getting all nostalgic; maybe it's Benjamin Benschneider's photography; maybe it's the simple fact that I wouldn't mind rolling out of bed in the morning and looking at that. Honestly, I don't think I'd ever get anything done living in the Davis Residence because I'd be too busy staring out the windows. 

After you've finished imagining yourself looking out those windows, head on over to the Miller Hull Partnership to read more about the non-view aspects of the Davis Residence.


Via [Contemporist]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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