Located on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, the Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture is built to accentuate the connection between the building and the land it’s on. The clients of this project wanted a modern ranch styled house with an environmentally conscious response to the site. Sustainable elements are incorporated into this contemporary version of the ranch ideals, along with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and main living space centering on the kitchen. The rammed Earth walls gently curve in response to the site’s contours and also act as a thermal mass, regulating temperatures from day to night. Rainwater are caught for irrigation providing plenty of water source near the landscape, large South-facing glass doors open the main living area to a large covered contemporary porch and to an outdoor patio with sunshades. Integrated photovoltaic panels enable the house to produce enough energy for full functions of the house.
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