VDTA served as the co-architect with Searl Lamaster Howe of this 2,500 SF LEED Platinum private residence. The house was considered as two intersecting forms. To the north is a masonry mass defining the principal form of the building. Most windows face either north or south, all south-facing windows are shaded, while east and west facing windows are minimized. These faces are shaped to allow the form of the house to shade these windows in the late morning and early afternoon. The second form is the horizontal plane of the terrace supported on a series of narrow masonry columns. This platform is the primary outdoor space supporting the elevated pool. In turn, this platform covers the car park and defines the entry to the house at grade.
The interior plan of the terrace level is divided in half by the east/west wall which acts as the backbone of the house. To the south of this wall is the great room, the focus of life in the house; while to the north are private spaces given over to sleeping and bathing. Heliodyne Solar Collectors collect the sun’s energy to heat domestic water while a 5kw PV array is located on the roof collecting energy for the home. An extensive rainwater harvesting system collects 100% of the stormwater on-site. The mechanical room is located on the south side of the ground level, which is the focus of all the technology in the house, while to the north there are again private spaces for sleeping and bathing.
Photography © Antonio Cuellar