Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 19, 2010
Rob Paulus is an architect who concentrates on projects with a green emphasis. His concepts focus on the way infill, renovations and adaptive reuse can be complimented by being approached with a green perspective.
To that end, enter the 007 House, designed by Paulus and set in the Arizona desert. All rainwater is captured on the roof via a steel pipe gutter and spills into a 1000-gallon storage tank. This water is then used for courtyard planting.
(via CubeMe.com) “This home went vertical and down below grade to maximize the use of the site. Two insulated masonry walls define the enclosure east and west with floor to ceiling glass at the north and south facing rooms. A large canopy cantilevers out to the south to shade the interior from the harsh desert sun, while establishing an edge for the southern courtyard.”
Designed as a loft whose interior emphasizes light and space over décor, the interior detail is relegated to functional components – cabinetry, stairs, railing, and the juncture of dissimilar materials. Passively solar in plan and design, its clean geometry along both vertical and horizontal surfaces creates a tranquil setting. This house shows the beauty and functionality of what a home can be, when approached with a twinkle of green in the architect’s eye.