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These Homes Know How to Control The Sun

These Homes Know How to Control The Sun

Written by John Hill

This ideabook highlights some examples focused on building sheds, using beach spaces, and taking advantage of landscape features. 
Stone Court Villa is a home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, designed by Marwan Al-Saeed and built by 180 degrees. Architects say that "there are wonderful objects for both the nearby desert mountains and distant peaks", but "conciliatory views for the surrounding neighborhood", an introverted approach is needed.
A central pool and perforated stone walls create an outdoor sanctuary for residents, but they also serve to naturally cool the spaces as the winds move in the water and in the middle spaces.


The space between the stone walls and the formal rooms of the house is a poetic quality to them, such as this small pool which is capped by a square bridge.

The architect aptly describes the house in a poetic way: "Silent piece of stone, dash, the capture of light ... Walls out that are weak and undesirable so that one who is lively and lively can flourish in peace. "

Take a look at these peaceful indoor pools


The stone walls provide relief from the heat that accumulates in the southwest of the desert at night when the wind is cool.
The Toro Canyon residence near Los Angeles benefits from views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. The house is locked on the edge of the land, certainly opening views over the other.
Such a case has been made by Shubin + Donaldson Architects in this design, but what is most commendable is that the walls and ceilings extend the glass walls to provide shade from the southern sun.
From the inside, it is clear in which direction the room and architecture are oriented. Wall and ceiling expansions extend the living room space to the courtyard as they shade these living spaces.
The house in Las Vegas is predominantly solid, drawing attention to itself through the perforated triangular metal panels of the second floor.
These panels shade the windows on the second floor, while also creating an interstitial area for circulation. From the top, a staircase leads to a courtyard that is shaded from the second floor's extension beyond the first floor's footprint, a dramatic move that creates a usable outdoor space in a hot and dry place.
I like that this house in Hawaii uses outdoor space, which has received a modern makeover, especially the way the focus of such a space is with a seat-height planter.
Peter Vincent Architects ensured that the tree is a source of enjoyment even at night.
The courtyard of the two-story Green Greenberg Greenhouse in Los Angeles is a great harmony, but I am drawn to the photovoltaic panels on the roof, mounted on a steel-grid canopy.
Canopies in New Themes design double duty: absorbing the energy of the sun's rays while shedding people on the roof, as they see in the city of Los Angeles.
Our last stop is in Miami, to see a home designed by Tollot & C that has a very flexible outdoor space. Here we see the deck opening predominantly, providing some shade above the retractable awning.
In this view from the inside, we can see how the outdoor space is an extension of the indoor living space.

The change is most dramatic where the canopy extends from the house to the wooden frame. Curtains were added to the sides to shade the lounge and soaking space.

Facing south means enjoying almost the entire year and controlling the sun, such as this show, as places are a great way to do it.

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