MARTaK REST/WORK Passive House is built off-grid in a Ponderosa Pine mountain forest at an elevation of 6800 feet. Named after those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area, this 1200 ft² residence is the first certified international Passive House in Colorado. Moreover, Baosol used zero foam and no other energy intensive materials.
Drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese architecture, Andrew Michler preferred to keep the floor plan as open as possible. As a result, the inhabitants of MARTaK could adapt the spaces according to their needs. The ground floor connects with the upper one via a net bed that provides plenty of light.
As for the materials used, the project team decided on only naturally regenerative or fully recyclable products. Additionally, they put to use most of the material from an existing shop. What is more, the home’s heating and electrical use are mainly provided by the sun.
Architect: Andrew Michler
Project: MARTaK Passive House
Location: Masonville, Colorado, USA
Photography: Andrew Michler
Also, the steel roof and tempered triple pane windows make for a fire-resilient enveloppe.
Another great feature a 1500 gallon rainwater catchment tank fulfilling non-potable water needs.
In addition, an Air Pohoda Heat Recovery Ventilation unit replaces stale air with fresh air at more than 92% efficiency.
Moreover, the windows provide significant solar heat gains, while minimizing heat losses.
In short, MARTaK certainly deserves plenty of attention.