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Alexander Dzurec, AIA & Luca Marino-Baker   |   Autotroph

This custom residence is located on a former ranch that has been converted to an open space preserve with limited residential development. The site features rolling hills, an existing windmill and stunning views of the Ortiz and Sandia Mountains to the Southwest.

We designed the home utilizing rammed earth, colored concrete and rusted corrugated metal to harmonize with the tones of the site’s native soils. Perforated steel sunshades provide solar protection for the large window expanses that frame the views out to the landscape. 

While the exterior of the home features rugged materials intended to convey a sense of shelter from the harsh wind and sun, the interior conveys a sense of sanctuary. Wood structure and detailing, combined with rammed earth and earthen plaster finishes create a sense of warmth and welcoming. The home's materials create ever-changing light qualities through the various seasons and times of day.

Included in the overall site plan are 2 casitas (guesthouses) and full equestrian facilities consisting of stables, arenas and a wandering paddock. 

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Location – Lamy, NM

Completed – 06 / 2020

Building Area -  6,700 GSF

Structure – Custom Residence & Ranch

Major Materials and Systems -

     Structure:    Wood Joists over Rammed Earth Walls

                          Wood Frame

                          Prefabricated Metal Building

     Finishes:      Rammed Earth & Colored Concrete

                          Rusted Corrugated Metal

                         Steel Detailing

                         Earthen / Clay Plaster

                         Reclaimed Wood

Site Features – Existing windmill w/ stock tank and pond, stables w/ arenas & wandering paddock, connection to adjacent trail network, native landscape revegetation

Sustainability Features – 10 kW PV array, geothermal heatpump supplying radiant floor system, 10,000 Gal. rainwater cistern & advanced blackwater treatment unit supplying irrigation water, solar control fenestration, reclaimed wood, earthen construction.

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