Residential Design

VOL.4. 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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bottom of the ceiling. We were locked in, running mechanicals through differ- ent areas of the home." Despite its size, the residence aims to live lightly on the land. The over- hangs are just deep enough to keep out the summer sun and allow the lower winter sun to heat the thermal mass of the stone floors. Windows were strategically placed for cross-ventilation, and operable skylights atop the atriums cool the house from the bottom up. Other environmental measures include a geothermal system, solar panels, and green roof terraces, while gravel drives, pervious courtyards, and drought-toler- ant native plants keep rainwater on the site and irrigation at a minimum. This home's success can be mea- sured in many ways, but Matthew is most gratified that the building is fulfilling its intended purpose. "We tried to get the owner to give us a list of art that would go in specific places, but he insisted that we not design that way. He wanted the ability to move things around," Matthew says. "I'm amazed at how much they rotate their artwork—probably three or four times a year. That makes me very happy. The moment you move a big painting, it changes the space. I can tell they're looking, staring at works on the wall. It feels like a great success, using the house to that level." —Cheryl Weber This page and opposite: Escher-like stairs give visitors something artful to see when they look up from the gallery below. The main entrance to the gallery provides on-grade access for both art lovers and art. 46 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2018 DESIGN LAB OUTER LIMITS

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