a 2 bedroom, 1 story, 1725 sf (to the outside) house that is designed around
the traditional hogan concept of Southwestern native Americans. It would be
dug into a hillside, or bermed substantially on the north side. A large south-facing
living area with a vaulted cieling provides passive solar heating for much of
the house. The bedrooms, bathroom, pantry and kitchen surround the traditional
octagonal shape. This was originally designed for the Sacred
Mountains Foundation as a demonstration home for a variety of natural
building techniques, so that it employs cordwood, strawbale, adobe, rock, earthbag,
and timber-frame aspects. The southern elevation shown on the left would be
post and beam with cordwood infill. There is a unique central fire place, open
360 degrees, for back-up heat and ceremonial purposes. The large core room could
accomodate large groups, or be utilized in many ways.
octagonal roof structure hinges on a massive collumn in the middle, made of
welded steel and natural stone. Combustion air for the fireplace is provided
through the same steel tubing. An adjustable vent hood at the peak can be raised
to vent indoor air directly outside. The stones provide thermal mass to hold
the heat from the fire and radiate it back into the space. Other rock and adobe
walls serve as additional thermal mass. Large vertical posts at each corner
of the octagon are exposed inside and out. Depending on the position of the
wall, the infill materials are corwood, earthbags, stone, adobe or strawbale.
The insulated floor could be adobe, flagstone, brick, pavers, or colored concrete
for additional thermal mass. The metal roof could be guttered to collect rainwater
in a cistern.
the native Americans enter their abodes from the east, so this where the airlock
entry is situated. This large space can also serve as a closet and storage room.
The large octagonal room is undifferentiated, but would serve as living, dining
and ceremonial space. To the west is the master bedroom, with adjacent bathroom.
To the left of the kitchen alcove is a large pantry that would be naturally
cooled by its substantial earth berm. A second bedroom or studio faces the northeast.
A large fenced courtyard area to the south provides privacy and wind protection.
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Digital PDF version of Sacred Mountains
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*These plans include all four elevations, scaled floorplans, cross section
details, other significant construction details, and a written, sequenced list
of all steps necessary to complete the project, with further details for how
to accomplish the tasks. All digital files will be delivered via email attachments within 24 hours after purchase.