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The 2,850 square foot Holladay home is an open-plan structure strategically placed to maximize views of the pasture and mountains and optmize winter heat gainand summer shading. Smaller east and west-facing facades minimize solar gain (thereby reducing cooling requirements) while large, well-insulated overhangs give the home a distinctive appearance at the same time as it provides shade. The home does not have an air-conditioning system.

Inside, the home is open, with living, dining and kitchen areas combined to maximize the amount of interaction the family has with one another – a very important requirement for the project. The absence of hallways also entails an efficient use of space. A 12×35 foot glass wall along with floor to ceiling windows permit plenty of natural light, further reducing the overall energy load. Heating is provided through radiant concrete floors. Albeit a simple project that pays deep respect to its environment, the owner’s brother (and master brewer) thought it so worthy of celebration that he made a limited edition Belgian Alecalled “Pasture-ized!” to commemorate the home’s completion.

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Via Arch Daily