Point Loma House by Macy Architecture
Located in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego this house is designed by Macy Architecture. The client asked for low-maintenance, energy and resource-conserving features so the architects thought on a design based on passive solar and natural ventillation. The exterior surface is minimized (48L X 40W X 23H) while the thermal performance was maximized.
In order to obtain a durable project the materials used are steel and concret for the masonry. The steel seismic resisting frame is filled with wood veneer, the walls are made by light-gage steel framing, the roof and floors are framed with light-gage steel also. The roof has a membrane system with aluminized coating. As you can see steel was an important factor for the structure of the house, it has 25% recycled content.
The domestic hot water comes from an in-floor hydronic radiant system powered by a high-efficiency natural gas water. To maintain the indoor temperature were used unglazed porcelain ceramic tiles on the floors. The client included cisterns all along the location in order to store rainwater from the roof and use it for irrigation purposes.
The landscape consists of a variety of plants. To be closer by the nature on the south wing the owners can enjoy a kitchen garden. The design of this spacious house is focused on durability.