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Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 2:43:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Infill Home - Seattle, Wash.

This bright, efficient home shows how sustainability is possible—even on a compact city parcel.


THE 2,710-SQUARE-FOOT PARK Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passivhaus. Built on a small, 2,000-square-foot infill lot in the Madison Park neighborhood, the home is larger in square footage than the lot.

“Park Passive is so energy-efficient that “theoretically, a hair dryer could heat the house.” The three-level, four-bedroom, three-bath Park Passive uses about 80 percent less overall energy than a home built to

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typical code standards.

Vertical homes are often dark. However, this home “emphasizes vertical living with a day-lit open stairwell” that spills light into the home’s interior. The double-height vaulted ceiling visually connects the main living area to the childrens’ upstairs play area.

A tree, salvaged from the site, became stair treads, wall paneling and a live-edge bathroom counter top.

The home’s third level is the private owners’ retreat, and includes a den/office and a deck. The roof deck has a hot tub and a roof garden. It also has panoramic views of the lake and nearby mountains.

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 Park Passive Floor Plan

  • Park Passive House Main

    Project Stats (click image for interactive version)

    Name: Park Passive, Seattle, Wash. 
    Submitted by: Cascade Built and Jennifer Ritchie of Revolution Public Relations 
    Builder/developer: Sloan Ritchie of Cascade Built 
    Architect: Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney of NK Architects
    Landscape Architect: Randy Allworth of Allworth Design
    Interior Designer: Donna Bergeron Interior Design
    Photos: Aaron Leitz Photography

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  • Park Passive Kitchen

    Energy Efficient

    This house is so energy-efficient that theoretically a hair dryer could heat the house. The three-level, four-bedroom, three-bath home uses about 80 percent less overall energy than a home built to typical code standards.

  • Best Infill Living Room

    Bright Future

    With its roof gardens, natural daylighting, and myriad other green features, this 2,710-square-foot house makes the most of its narrow 2,000-square-foot infill lot and proximity to all things Seattle. Yes, the home is bigger than its lot.

  • Park Passive Daylighting

    Bright Ideas

    With its roof gardens, natural daylighting, and myriad other green features, this 2,710-square-foot house makes the most of its narrow 2,000-square-foot infill lot and proximity to all things Seattle. Yes, the home is bigger than its lot.

  • Park Passive Upstairs

    Natural Enclave

    The vertical three-level floorplan leaves room for an outdoor patio, almost doubling the living space in nice weather and providing a good way to save on heating and cooling indoors. Simple but durable concrete floors on an insulated slab reduce heating and cooling demand.

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