Bayview-planted Taproot architect gets magazine spotlight

Matthew Swett and his work as the architect and owner of Taproot Architects will be featured in a national publication.

Matthew Swett and his work as the architect and owner of Taproot Architects will be featured in a national publication.

The June issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine will include a story on a home in Coupeville he designed to be “net zero and neighborhood friendly.”

According to a news release, the Penn Cove home has a 5 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array to require less energy as a 5-Star Built Green home.

Swett and partner Sarah Birger founded Taproot Architects in 2001 with an office in Bayview across the street from Good Cheer Food Bank.

Taproot also recently received an award from the Everett Historical Commission. Swett worked on a mixed-use building in downtown Everett that now houses apartments, a yoga studio and a chocolate shop. He was presented with the William F. Brown Award for outstanding historic preservation of a mixed use building, one that was previously condemned.

Other projects Taproot is working on include historic renovation of the Si View Community Center in North Bend, a “honu” (Hawaiian for turtle)-shaped house in Hilo, Hawaii, and a home being built in modules by carpentry students at Seattle Central Community College.

 

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