This was an exciting project that had a focus on sustainability, and energy efficiency.
Despite being covered entirely in earth, this 3000 square-foot, three bedroom residence is well lit by natural daylight and features 14 foot tall arched ceilings and an extremely spacious and open floor plan. A cupola centered over the main living area allows natural light to penetrate the interior of the home.
Open floor plan with openings to the north, east, south and west allows the homeowners to take full advantage of the beautiful California landscape. The floorplan is centered around a large kitchen where the homeowners conduct cooking classes with their farm grown organic food.
The structure is formed by two intersecting flared-end barrel vault arches. Supported by conventional spread footings, the arches are comprised of a 4 inch thick reinforced shotcrete shell. The structural configuration is a technology that dates back to the ancient Romans and is a system which provides exceptional strength, resistance to high winds and earthquakes, as well as thermal efficiency.