The client had requirements for seclusion and integration of the built environment into the site, many decks to take advantage of the surrounding views, and a creating a unique style for the interior and exterior that evolved into the Unaweep Style. The Unaweep Style is a mixture of elements familiar to the Anasazi of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, the Pueblo Revival Style of the 1920's with its Moorish-influenced architectural motifs with an ecological twist.
Many windows were used to allow for natural light and to let the exterior into the interior, many motifs of Anasazi architecture with stone, timber and stucco were celebrated to camouflage the residence.
The environmental goals were the implementation of pumice-crete walls throughout this allowed for us to use these walls as thermal mass to absorb the heat in the hottest times of the day and to release the heat as the temperature begins to drop.
Smart windows; ground source heat pumps to collect excess heat from the earth, night ventilation, water elements for evaporative cooling, deep shading elements and light shelves.
The form of the residence was derived from the site in which the levels were tiered to embed themselves into the hillside. Two large Anasazi towers were utilized to anchor the residence but to also create an axis to the sky. Each of these towers had a 4' diameter sky light at the center to allow play of light to work its way around the room as the sun rose and then set. Extensive timber, plaster and glazing were used throughout the spaces to create an always-changing sculpture within the interior. All the corners and edges were given heavy radii to blend further into the surrounding soil, boulders, pinon and juniper.
Many historical motifs were employed such as the horse shoe arches which are located at the entry and below a 20'x23' skylight, with the immense amount of natural light and the solid Mexican granite columns and arches created an always intertwined play of shade, shadow and light.
Computer modeling was available to allow the client to review their new residence from both major elevations.
Designed by Jamie B. Daugaard, AIA and John Hendricks, client.