A house and gallery space for a painter, located in the high desert outside the artist’s community of Taos, New Mexico. In keeping with the owner’s desire to live off-grid and as sustainably as possible, the design combines straw bale wall construction with structurally insulated roof panels to provide a high performing envelope that evokes the traditional “vigas and latillas” construction style of the area.The house embraces the common module of 8 large re-purposed windows that are carefully situated to embrace views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, while performing optimally to reduce summer hear gain and increase winter heat gain. Rain water is collected in an above-ground cistern. The house is slated to be built by Andrew Morrison’s Straw bale Workshop in July 2013.
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