Have you ever heard someone get really upset about local zoning laws and what that meant with respect to his/her dream home?It happens all the time: the perfect plan spoiled by zoning and setback requirements. Rather than fighting them, how about working with them?
That’s exactly what was done with this California property designed by Pugh + Scarpa, which features a sixty-six per cent grade (66%!!) and multiple construction-site difficulties and building-code constraints.
Working with economic limitations, they used cast-in-place concrete walls, prefab Structural Concrete Insulation Panels (or SCIPs), and light-gauge, cold-rolled steel able to bend and fold on demand, all the while ensuring the house remained as eco-friendly as possible. The home features a geothermal air conditioning system, sun-heated concrete slabs and natural convection, as well as solar panels, all of which combine to provide more than sufficient power for the whole home.
The structure joins with the landscape to provide both ample living space and gracious views for the client, as shown by the 3D digital site and physical structure models, interior renderings, and exploded axonometrics.