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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Hybrid House in Joshua Tree, California by Ecotech Design

 
April 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The stairway is curved and sheathed in recycled, corrugated metal with a vertical slit window facing east to distribute morning light evenly across the walls of the 18’ high stairwell that also doubles as a display gallery for the photography studio.

Hybrid House

  • Architects: Ecotech Design
  • Project: Hybrid House
  • Location: Joshua Tree, California
  • Photography: Jack Parsons

Image Courtesy Jack Parsons

Five ISO shipping containers are stacked between two levels with the living space below and the bedroom suite above. Large areas of the steel walls were removed in order to open the interior spaces to sweeping desert views, natural daylight and ventilation.

Front View

A proprietary and innovative steel framing system reinforces and ties the container modules together to resist earthquake and wind forces. It allows large openings to be made in the container walls and forms a framework between the residence and studio.

Interior View

A solar shade canopy wraps the roof and south and west sides of the residence and solar breezeway to provide protection against desert heat, glare, wind and blowing dust.

Solar Daylighting

The shaded, solar breezeway provides a protected and naturally cooled outdoor room as an extension of the interior, which connects the house to the studio.

Image Courtesy Jack Parsons

A 160 sf green roof made up of 4’x4’ drought-tolerant, native plant modules is placed on the second floor shade framing, and forms a visual extension of the living desert across the white “cool roof.”

Exterior View

The photo studio is constructed from a pre-engineered steel Butler building system and features dimmable, solar daylighting to adjust light levels throughout the day.

Image Courtesy Jack Parsons

An ISO shipping container is used to store photographic equipment and supplies. It’s plugged-in to the studio to allow for easy storage expansion or removal. All containers used in this project were manufactured in China.

Hybrid House

WALTER SCOTT PERRY, Architect, AIA, Principal of ecotechdesign
(www.ecotechdesign.com), and Founder of ecotechbuild, has practiced sustainable architecture and been a leader and advocate for green design since the early 1970’s – the pioneer days of the passive solar movement in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Perry’s work includes award-winning commercial, institutional, and residential projects designed and built across the U.S. for over four decades. His work is recognized for the creative application of design innovation in generating practical and affordable, yet sophisticated architecture and master planning at all scales from small residential remodel to large commercial work. He holds several degrees, including a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Image Courtesy Jack Parsons

ERIC ENGHEBEN, President of 44 West Construction, Inc. (www.44west.net), and a licensed General Engineering and Building Contractor with over 30 years experience, has always integrated green technologies. Recently, he completed a LEED Platinum rated residence in Los Angeles. His custom homes are featured in national publications and have received numerous awards. 44 West
Construction, Inc., is a leader in construction quality, cost control, scheduling, waste management, green innovation and the integration of new technologies in all its projects. Their focus is on responding to client needs in order to realize maximum creativity and customer satisfaction. 44 West Construction has over five years experience and is an industry leader in the repurpose and reconstruction of shipping container homes.

Interior View

Interior View

Image Courtesy Jack Parsons

Green Roof

Entrance View

Entrance View

Image Courtesy Jack Parsons

Kitchen

Bedroom

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