the way we live

utah house

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i ventured over to marmol radziner’s website today as i haven’t been there in a while.  i found beautiful new custom prefab located in utah, aptly named utah house 1.  designed with 15 of marmol radziner’s typical modules, the house is 2,500 square feet in area with over 1,700 square feet of outdoor deck space and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms among other living spaces.  perched on a rocky hill with a commanding view, the floor plan  of utah house 1 branches out and begins to claim outdoor areas as part of the house, similar to many of marmol radziner’s custom prefabs.

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sustainable features include pv cells on the roof, insulating glass, naturally lit spaces, natural ventilation, responsible woods, and energy efficient appliances.  of course, the prefabricated nature of the architecture lends itself to reducing construction waste and debris while increasing quality control.  the subtle, natural, colors employed throughout the design begin to engage the site in a delicate, organic, dialogue.  the magic, for me, happens in the winter though, as the structure stands like a warm toned rocky outcropping amid the fresh snow (see below).  additionally, the low slung nature of the design only serves to emphasize the buildings natural surroundings and make the views to and from the house that much more dramatic.  venture over to marmol radziner’s project page to see more great photos and wonderful images of in-factory assembly and on-site installation.

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21 March 2007 Posted by | architecture, green, prefab | Leave a comment