Southwest Style Home Using Straw Bale
Residence: The structural system is composed of wood, steel posts and reclaimed timber beams with straw bale infill. A passive solar energy system creates hot water for the pool, while the subterranean garage provides passive cooling. Although underground, the garage takes advantage of the desert sunshine and uses daylighting as part of the lighting scheme; light flows into the garage through light wells in the curved walls and through the glass bottom of the circular fountain. Other features include: rooftop viewing deck, custom stained glass doors and light features, custom mosaic tile, custom railings and gates.
Casita: The building incorporates passive solar design and clerestory windows to facilitate natural cooling. A radiused blue metal trellis softens the building visually while shading the outdoor patio.
Team: Architects – Hubbell & Hubbell Architects; Structural Engineer – Orion Engineering; Contractor – Lang Contracting; Art Elements – James T. Hubbell