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.
Whitten House in Tumalo, Oregon by PIQUE llc
April 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PIQUE llc
This residence sits on a remote 10 acre site comprised of Sage & Juniper trees in Central Oregon. Conceived as two simple cubes in the landscape, one box for sleeping and one for living, the structure offers two distinct means of interaction with the landscape. The larger sleeping box is low & burrowed into earth, while the living box floats above, hovering just at treetop level. East & South orientations are exploited for views as well as passive solar orientation of the home.
Exterior materials were chosen for durability and fire resistance. All rainwater will be harvested & stored for landscaping or fire fighting purposes. The future pool will provide an additional margin of wildfire safety as a usable body of water on the remote site.
Evacuated tube solar water heaters will efficiently provide most of the heating for the home through in-floor radiant tubing. The building’s narrow profile and extensive glazing combined with the regions low humidity allow for passive cooling of the home.
Initially tied to the power grid, the structure has provisions to eventually expand its p.v. array to the point that the home may be taken off grid entirely, and become completely self sufficient, with no other utilities entering or exiting the site.
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