Project Description

Organic Home with Japanese Influence

Our clients wanted a home that blends the soft, curving lines of an adobe home with the simple clean lines of Japanese architecture. The resulting design features curved walls that anchor the building to the hillside, while providing natural lighting and ventilation through the clerestory windows. The Japanese-influenced portion of the home integrates large overhangs that create a feeling of soaring over the landscape and offer stunning views of the valley. Using wood post-and-beam construction, this home includes green materials such as Tridipanels, which are made of recycled plastic / polystyrene insulation and a recycled steel mesh. When the panels are covered with sprayed concrete, this system provides thermal mass for passive heating and cooling, and added protection from wildfires. Clay plaster is applied to interior walls.

The home is so well insulated that a single wood-burning stove in the living area heats the entire space. To cool the home, the residents open their windows in the evening allow breezes to flow through. Photovoltaic panels generate enough solar energy to power the residence, and the excess energy produced is returned to the electrical grid. Low-water landscaping near the home features cacti and succulents, providing a beautiful fire defensible outdoor spaces. Natural materials were used wherever possible, so the organic farm the building sits on would not be affected.

Special features include Tridi panels (recycled polystyrene), wood post-and-beam, sprayed concrete finish, clay plaster, low-water landscaping, and natural materials. The home is sited on an organic farm and produces more energy than it uses. Art integration includes custom mosaic tile art throughout and concrete counter tops

Designer: James T. Hubbell, Artist
Architect: Drew Hubbell – Hubbell & Hubbell Architects
Structural Engineer: Paul Christenson, Palos Verdes Engineering
Mosaic Art: Emilie Ledieu, James Hubbell Studio

To learn more about our use of Tridipanels, click here.