Stunl Eng .
Architects: Hays + Ewing Design Studio
Location: Stony Point, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Photography: © Prakash Patel
The owners of this home expressed interest in having a house that encouraged an appreciation of their three-acre wooded property and also served as a quiet space to support their contemplative, Zen-like lifestyle. The house and outdoor spaces are terraced into a hillside, taking advantage of the views. Unlike traditional, passive solar strategies, the length of the house is oriented exactly on solar north. The larger living spaces all open onto expansive terraces to the south and west.
The butterfly roof’s deep overhang and tree canopy are to the west. They provide an optimal sunscreen in the summer and allow heat gain as needed in the winter.
017 The evaporation of water has a cooling effect in hot and dry climates. A shallow pool in a breezeway is an effective cooling system, as the wind circulates through the breezeway and into the buildings on each side.
018 Open-plan spaces with openings on opposite walls provide natural breezes with a pathway through the room.
019 High clerestory windows on the eastern side of the house bring morning light into it. The inverted truss is steeply sloped to accentuate the lighting effect.