San Francisco, CA
It was a typical suburban house, facing the street and not very nice. A series of remodels over the years added a makeshift laundry area at the back of the garage, but it never worked well.
The two wings extend from the back and both turn towards the sun. Both wings work the same way: Those high clerestory windows are operable. The idea is that you open the high windows and a pair of lower windows. The breeze blows across the yard and is pulled through the wings to cool it.
If you're chilly, you close the windows and the overhangs were designed to let ONLY the low winter sun through the windows.
Location: Palo Alto, CA, US
My Role: Principal Architect