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Simple Home With a Pool


This simple home is designed upon the foundations of a previous residence and around an existing pool. The prior house ignored the basic principles of bioclimatic design and had a poor relationship with its site. Furthermore, it was in a state of dilapidation so it was necessary to demolish it entirely with the exception of the garage.via

The new home has been designed according to passive solar design principles — featuring optimum southerly exposures and natural ventilation strategies. Generous overhangs shield the large sliding glass doors from solar heat gain. This, combined with the thermal mass of the radiant-heated polished concrete floors and operable clerestory windows, helps maintain a pleasant interior environment year round.

A key goal of the project was to create a feeling of flexibility and openness throughout and to allow for strong flowing connections between the various indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition to the extensive use of high-performance glass, sliding doors (both interior and exterior) allow for uninhibited and enfilade views. This is especially evident at the main Living/Dining room where the doors pocket entirely into adjacent walls, realizing the effect of a freestanding outdoor pavilion.