Central Oregon Retreat
The owner of this beautiful 55-acre site situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains wanted to design a cluster of buildings integrating the latest green technologies while maintaining a high level of fire resistance. Hubbell & Hubbell was a consultant to the owner, who was the lead designer, in order to help make her ideas a reality, creating a small residence that connects the indoors and outdoors; a separate pool house that heats the water through solar evacuated tube collectors; an attached art studio/garage with a roof-top deck; and a detached garage/workshop/ utility building. The buildings were oriented to take advantage of mountain views and passive solar design, and to minimize disturbance of the site and existing trees. She selected autoclaved-aerated-concrete (AAC) block for the wall system because these blocks are very fire resistive, provide good thermal mass for the Central Oregon climate zone, and are easy to sculpt—allowing for softened corners and parapets. The rusted metal roof and earth-colored plaster help the blend into the site. Salvaged timbers were used for the posts of the art studio and for outrigger supports on all the roofs. The owner created the mosaic tile details and selected the sustainable interior finishes, including the American Clay plaster which gives a warm adobe-feel to the AAC walls.