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The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

Constructing around the landscaping and paying attention to natural elements can make the most of the sun’s power, saving energy that is needed to run the space.

Called the Crook Cup Bow Twist home, this design utilizes organic materials and smart orientation to capture the sun’s energy. From Schwartz and Architecture, it is located in Nicasio, California.

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The residence was designed for clients who wanted to have a place to escape from the city, and it is quite a contrast from a city dwelling indeed.

The name comes from the different ways to bend lumber and the hidden energy possibilities for movement found within natural materials.

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The plans for this home included an in-depth consideration for the landscape which looked at the way the land flowed and the placement of the surrounding natural systems.

It was positioned specifically to capture the most power from the sun. When the sunlight peaks, its place in the sloped hillside allows optimal solar collection that powers the home.

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

In addition to the physical location of the construction site, the landscape was also studied to look at the best ways to lay out the floor plan of the home. In order to incorporate a natural flow throughout, one side of the elongated structure contains the communal areas and the other nests the more private zones.

Features in the interior mimic the outdoors, like the handcrafted wood pieces seen in the cabinetry and furniture.

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A bridge was a necessary addition due to the way the land lays. Made from unprocessed steel and wood it is designed to withstand natural weathering.

The exterior louvers sit parallel in order to provide privacy but also to shield from the sun, and are a neat detail. What looks like installed lighting are actually small strips cut into the wood which lets indoor light and sunlight seep through, creating the effect.

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The hall incorporates views of the outdoors visible through the walled window sections, complete with a hillside backdrop and canopy of trees.

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The main entryway is in the middle and directly faces the backdoor that leads to an outdoor terrace.

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The home is surrounded by fields and varieties of grasses that are resilient and can stand up to drought, so the upkeep and water waste is completely minimized.

Stretching and curling into the landscape, this smart solar inclusive design unites perfectly with its terrestrial neighbor.

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

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All images are © Schwartz and Architecture. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

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