Monika Berstis

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This single-family residence sits on a spectacular site at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Two wings of the house block harsh northwestern winds and invite sunlight from the south, bracketing a domestic oasis in the desert.

The north wing houses work-related programs including a yoga studio, woodshop and a greenhouse angled for optimal angle of sun exposure. The south wing connects domestic spaces along a curve, allowing each room a slightly different vista. Elevated bedrooms look east towards the mountains, affording both privacy and panorama.

The building's structure and insulation derives from an Insulating Concrete Form system, a rapid and energy-efficient solution suited to the brevity of Colorado's building season. A cladding of corrugated weathering-steel records the effects of natural processes over time.

The following drawings outline the first phase of construction including the foundation, north wing, and entry space.

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  vir.mueller architects, 2006
  Sangre de Cristo residence
  single family residence + greenhouse
  Crestone, Colorado

  Responsibilities: renderings, design, presentation materials,
  and drafting of construction documents

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  2015