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informal House

credit: Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. via AIA

Informal House by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.

This house has some really interesting features that take advantage of the climate, with a real mix of inside/outside living. They are showing one of my favorite movies on their outdoor screen, Jacques Tati's Playtime. You can see the sequence here.

From the AIA:

Sustainable choices facilitate the client’s interest in indoor outdoor living. Exposed materials with a high thermal mass - polished concrete floors and 15mm gypsum board - take advantage of the significant diurnal temperature swing in this coastal dry Mediterranean desert climate. [Pasadena] A cool white roof, easily accessed for cleaning minimizes solar gain - critical in this sunny climate. Green roofs insulate the lower roofs while they strengthen the articulation between activity spaces and service spaces.