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Herb Greene’s Crazy 1960s Prairie Chicken House Was a Green Design Before its Time
Posted By Tafline Laylin On August 23, 2011 @ 9:46 am In Architecture | No Comments
Herb Greene was definitely going for something that would stimulate the senses when he built this home. He chose a 2 acre site on the prairies of Norman, Oklahoma where no other houses could be seen, and oriented the house to resist fierce winds and absorb sunlight . The kitchen and family room receive the early sunrise rays while the main bedroom captures the stronger afternoon sun.
Framed with simple timber construction, the unfinished cedar shingles make the house look like a “chicken.” Partially inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and other modernists, Greene didn’t really have a chicken in mind, but he was going for a warm and feathered effect. In the 1960s, using cedar would have made perfect sense, though now we would hope for the FSC-certified variety of wood . Women were said to have cried when they entered the shaggy home, while one man asked if the house had been hit by a tornado! In any case, it’s inspiring to know that even the earliest starchitects had nature on their minds while considering their designs.
+ Herb Greene 
images via Herb Greene and Julius Shulman
Via Arch Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 Herb Greene's crazy 1960s Prairie House: http://www.herbgreene.org/GREENE%20IMAGES/Architecture/BUILT%20WORK/Prairie%20House/PRAIRIE%20HOUSE.html
 natural materials: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-bahia-house-showcases-natural-materials-and-smart-design/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/08/herb-greene-prairie-house-julius-shulman-3.jpg
 absorb sunlight: http://inhabitat.com/sun-tracker-skylights-pump-daylight-indoors/
 FSC-certified variety of wood: http://inhabitat.com/elegant-wine-boxes-constructed-from-canadian-fsc-forested-wood/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/152093/ad-classics-prairie-chicken-house-herb-greene/
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