Studio ST Architects is a full-service, award-winning, woman-owned, NYC architecture firm. We design residential, multifamily housing, and institutional buildings including new synagogues and places of worship from the ground up. As NYC architects, our renovations range in scale from community centers, schools, and high-end apartments to affordable real-estate developments, including duplex renovations, duplex combinations as well as apartment combinations.
This sustainable desert home is nestled between the mountains and the Dead Sea. It is sheltered and well-positioned to utilize cross-ventilation techniques and natural, passive-house cooling and heating systems. The architectural design of the building’s form was created by carving outdoor, covered spaces from the rectangular volume to maximize the indoor-outdoor connection, which is emphasized by continuous floor tile covering the entire house and yard.
Utilizing sustainable architecture techniques, the desert home uses thick walls that are heavily insulated for energy efficiency. The sand-colored stucco on the outer surfaces reflects the intense desert sun and heat gain. To blend in with the surroundings, the exterior stucco responds to the color of the mountains, and a rust-colored finish is used for recessed areas.
The windows are designed to offer coverage from the sun with additional room-darkening roller shades that are used to avoid solar gains.
The upper level is the owners’ sleeping quarters, while the lower level contains a library as well as an independent apartment for guests such as the grandchildren. The owners chose to reuse much of their existing furniture to avoid unnecessary consumption. The home features a solar system and indoor-outdoor spaces which include a covered entry patio, balcony, and large hosting terrace located off the living room.
This simple, eco-friendly home allows the homeowners — the architect’s parents — to have a quiet life of studying, writing, and family.