Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on February 25, 2009
Photographer: Bill Timmerman
The time of the green prefab is quickly approaching. And the bright young minds of emerging architects are clearly focused on the key elements, which make a modern green building so appealing. Design, form, function and sustainability. Elements which make up the core of this house. But this shiny new green home wasn’t built in Venice California, or even Portland Oregon. No this one is in the dry desert just outside of Phoenix Arizona, at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
The building was designed and built by students of Taliesin West, in collaboration with Venice based Architect Jennifer Siegal and the schools Dean, Victor Sidy.
The building was constructed on site, using pre-fab structural insulated panels, know as SIP panels. A SIP panel is typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board. This type of system allows the entire shell of the building to be delivered on a truck and erected in just a few days.
The project designed in a combination of passive and active environmental control systems including a breeze way for natural ventilation, expansive windows to allow sunlight in, and a covered deck protect the interior for direct light in the hottest part of the day. They didn’t stop there with the green building ideas. They also carefully thought about water collection and usage. The house includes a gray water system, which collects water from the sinks for later use in the garden, and a water catchment system to harvest rainwater from the roof.
To see the full green report on this building checkout the official site at taliesin.de.