Historic Preservation, Regenerative Design and Living Building Challenge

The vision for the project is to preserve and revitalize the historic integrity of the existing buildings and site from 1906 and 1911, which are on both the national historic registry and local historic registry. The site consists of the Barracks building, the Stables building, and the courtyard space between the two. Phase 1 of the project is complete, which consists of the renovation of the Stables building into a flexible office space for McLennan Design. The renovation preserved much of the existing structure and roof trusses, as well as the transformation of the space into a fully equipped workplace and design studio. A generous kitchen and living room provides ample space for employees to relax and share meals together, while the open working area will offer flexible work stations and a collaborative team environment. A covered outdoor patio  provides direct connection to the landscape, while ample windows and skylights bring in natural daylight and offer views to the outdoors. The building exhibits a variety of sustainable features, including solar panels that generate more energy than the building produces, an innovative linear cistern that will capture rainwater from the roof to supply all of the project’s irrigation needs, in-floor radiant heating, a heat-recovery ventilator and efficient hydronic mechanical systems, and a continuous vegetated bioswale that filters stormwater naturally. Phase 2 will involve the renovation of the larger Barracks building, expansion of the courtyard, and the introduction of a permaculture orchard and community garden.

McLennan Design Offices

Bainbridge Island, WA

Architect: McLennan Design

Biophilia Design Elements

Biophilic design elements are utilized in every space within the building, and constitute a fundamental design principle for the project. Area rugs from the award-winning Lichen carpet line – designed by MD – bring biophilic splashes of color to each space, along with sustainable bamboo light fixtures inspired by natural forms. Salvaged wood items – including reclaimed douglas fir windows – bring warm touches of natural materials into every space. Custom planter dividers separate work stations and provide a place for living plants to bring vibrancy and color to the work areas. FSC wood cabinetry further warms the kitchen and living room spaces, with playful splashes of color provided by the light blue backsplash panels. Direct connection to the outdoors is provided in every room, via sliding doors and generous windows that allow daylight and views to penetrate deep into the building. Above, skylights punctuate the roof and introduce additional daylighting and views to the sky and stars.

Climate Strategies

105% of the building’s power demand will be provided by on-site PV panels, and on-site battery storage will be supplied. This will allow the building to serve as a resiliency hub in case of emergency, with enough backup power to supply crucial building services for several days, and the ability to operate off-grid indefinitely when sunny. An innovative linear rainwater cistern adds additional resilience to the building systems, providing irrigation capacity independent of city utilities. Designed to be an asset for the entire community, the project is capable of serving as a haven during crisis, with generous cooking spaces, showers, and even a small overnight sleeping nook.

Living Building Interiors

Revitalizing a Community Asset

Honoring the Historic Structure