Designs by faculty members and graduate students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture are part of the new Lindal Architects Collaborative, launched recently by Lindal Cedar Homes of Seattle, Washington. Lindal Cedar Homes is the largest manufacturer of post-and-beam homes, solid cedar homes, log cabins, and sunrooms. Homeowners receive a complete building materials package delivered to the job site and work with specially trained dealers who assist clients through all phases of the process from site selection to final construction. The Lindal Architects Collaborative is focusing on reaching Gen-X buyers who place value on excellent architectural design and believe in environmental responsibility.
The homes in the new series of post-and-beam structures have been designed to respond to the natural environment, be open, flexible, practical, and energy-and-cost efficient. Twelve renowned regional architectural firms, in collaboration with Lindal, will offer a broad portfolio of modern green designs. The designs will be personalized for site and lifestyle for every client through a modern resource-efficient process. The customized designs will be completely constructed for $200-$250 per square foot on client sites throughout North America and in over a dozen international markets.
Lindal has led in the use of energy efficient windows and detailing in the use of engineered wood and other sustainable materials. The company was the first to be Green Approved by the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center and the only single-family home selected for Time Magazine’s Green Design 100. Lindal’s dealers have received special training to become Certified Green Professionals, and many buyers choose to build off the grid or seek green certification for their homes. The houses can be built anywhere in the world on the client's site. Lindals are built as primary homes, second homes, retirement homes, and recently as replacement for older homes in established neighborhoods.
The School initially began conversations with Lindal when the Mod.Fab™ project was selected along with the Lindal Cedar Homes for Dwell Home Collection, in Time Magazine’s Green Design 100 awards for best architectural projects in 2009. Lindal is expanding its design portfolio, so the timing is perfect.
The project is an example of providing faculty and students with an opportunity to design for a broad public very much in the school’s spirit of “learning by doing,” and also helps advance the school’s goal of working more closely with the building and product industry.
To date, School faculty and graduate students have collaboratively developed six designs for Lindal, shown below.