Sustainable House ideas / Low/Rise by SAW

San Francisco–based Spiegel Aihara Workshop designed this bold but sustainable single-family house through compositing the traditional forms of the California ranch house and farm tower.

Architects: Spiegel Aihara Workshop
Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
Photography: Bruce Damonte

The structure is long, low, and narrow, settling into the tree-lined landscape and allowing yards to surround and permeate each room.

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The sustainable building can effectively shut down various program spaces, allowing for an intimate feeling and low energy consumption when inhabited by a single person, but allows for a spacious and integrated configuration for ten.

A three-story tower and roof deck emerges among vibrant evergreens, providing a unique vantage point of the surrounding townscape.