A solar home designed for the desert near Phoenix, Arizona, integrates active & passive energy strategies. The prototypical PHOENIX HOUSE was created as an experiment. It celebrates SOLAR technology as a new aesthetic. It was inspired, to some degree, by Corbusier’s Swiss Pavilion, which floated an umbrella roof form over the living space. http://www.bobaugustine.com/Architect/Phoenix_House.html
The design includes a photovoltaic array and hot water circulating solar panels placed on the roof umbrella. A dual exterior glass wall with an interstitial airspace faces south and insulates the living space from the extreme solar rays. Air circulates from this airspace and a greenhouse made for this purpose to a passive rock heat exchange chamber beneath the house where it can be drawn back into the house when needed, allowing the temperature to remain more comfortable during cool deserts night and the chilly winters. The plants help moisturize the air as well.
This PHOENIX project is one of a series of designs created to be “OUTPOSTS” for living unplugged from the grid. The ECO TRAILER project included in another section is another “OUTPOST” design.