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Entry number: B07026
The site is a rural pasture with restrictive design guidelines imposed by the neighboring developer’s residence. Any landscape over eight feet tall was prohibited to preserve a view corridor. Prevailing winds are from the south, consistently coming from the Sierra foothills. Views are south to the Sierras.
The site strategy transforms the formerly unprotected and exposed pasture into a protective, private residential landscape of berms and sunken living areas.
Rainwater harvesting roofs, rake walls, rain chains, and cisterns collect and store water that irrigates the xeric and revegetated natural landscape. Passive ventilation, daylighting and fenestration strategies are employed to deal with the high desert extremes of cold winters, hot summers, wide diurnal temperature swings, and persistent winds.
The design seeks to create spaces and forms that capitalize on a very limited budget through the use of simple details and methods. The principal gestures of raking walls, central convective chimney, and roofs symbolize their functional attributes, while providing a dynamic silhouette that points to the southern sky and Sierras.
More frequently used outdoor areas are located on the leeward side of the structure and/or beams from the wind (which is a constant nuisance)
-deep crenellations and overhangs protect the large amounts of glass from excessive summer heat gain while allowing carefully modulated natural light deep into the interiors
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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