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Nicholas Rosas

Nicholas Rosas

Monrovia, CA, US

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Desert House

In this project, a house was designed for an actual site - a plot in the foothills of Palm Springs, CA. It  is designed as a retreat for a couple.

The project was completed incorporating distorted planes.  Room layout follows a lineal orientation, and adheres to topography of the hillside.  Wood sticks represent windows/curtain walls.  Rooms include: garage, kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom and bedroom, as well as a lap pool.

Emphasis was made to maximize view from the hillside, while minimizing exposure to sunlight.  Roof overhangs are augmented to provide ample shade for desert summer. Roof overlapping provides large areas of natural interior lighting, while allowing for virtually no direct sunlight into reach interior. Overlapping also functions as an insulator, keeping large portions of the roof shaded and thus cooler. The house cuts into hillside, facilitating further insulation.

 
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Status: School Project

 
Simple floor plan
Simple floor plan

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