This four bedroom vila is situated in a spectacular desert setting in Utah. On the first level the Living and Dining rooms featur fireplaces overlooking an infinity edge pool with views of the mountains. Oversized brise-soleil elements fabricated from wood blades and steel supports offer shade from the intense solar rays.
Two bedrooms with baths and terraces occupy the other wing. A carport and shaded outside dining area are adjacent to the Kitchen.
Two bedrooms with full baths and balconies are located on the second level. A palette of concrete, hardwood and blackened steel was utilized throughout. Large sliding doors open the interior spaces to the extensive terraces.
Energy consumption was minimized through thermal mass, building orientation, shading devices and cross ventilation.
The building has been sited to reduce the effect on fragile desert flora, and energy use is moderated through the orientation of buildings, brise-soleils for shading, geothermal heating and cooling, and localized solar water heating.
As project architect at Selldorf Architects Eric Ansel developed the design in close collaboration with the partner in charge in addition to coordinating with consultants and engineers throughout the project duration from conception to construction.