Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

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ED HIGH RES D AB Left and below left: A small covered courtyard just off the compact kitchen is the best place to watch the sun setting over the mountains to the northwest. Opposite: A deeply inset "portale," or porch, runs the length of the house, providing protection from the sun and views of another picturesque mountain range. Desert Green Although the house is on public water and has its own well on-site (albeit a slow producer), fire and firefighting are real concerns in the desert climate. To address this, Scott devised a rain-water collection system that captures runoff from the roof and directs it into two 10,000-gallon galvanized steel rainwater tanks. One is designated for fire resources and one for irrigation. Down the slope from the building site, a solar field of 16 ground-mounted photovoltaic modules supplies much of the power for the house, says Scott. And the one-car garage has a rapid charge system for an electric car. These active conservation strategies and others, combined with the passive strategies of shading, thermal massing, and the like, have already earned Specht Architects and the Sundial House the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Archi- tecture. The prestigious regional award, sponsored by the Thornburg Foundation in Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning in Albuquerque, honors modern work that is also sensitive to site and environment. Sundial House's architecture is indeed sensitive to site, environment, and several centuries of Santa Fe building traditions. But that doesn't stop it from also deploy- ing some dramatic flair on its hilltop ridge. There's a grand, muscular concrete arch that stretches from the roofline of the house across the driveway and then appears to soar over the cliff. "You drive through that arch to get to the parking court in the back," says Scott. "I love the idea of these concrete walls becoming almost land art." 68 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2017

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