In this Palo Alto, California, residence, constructed from rammed earth, steel, glass, ipê, white oak, and American walnut, architect Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture demonstrates the importance of material utilization. Thanks to the liberal use of natural materials, the house attains a comfortable sensibility noticed by nearly everyone who passes through its earthen walls. (Dwell Magazine)
- The office with concrete and fly ash (byproduct of coal power plants) floors.
- The stairwell, located in the back of the home.
- The bathroom, whose style is indicative of the rest of the home.
- House exterior with drought tolerant landscape.
- Door and hallway with rammed earth, glass, ipê, and white oak.
- The home, showing the landscape and orientation.
- Staircase with American walnut flooring.
- The first floor’s plan. The main residence is in orange and a guesthouse/studio is in blue.
- Another view of the bathroom.
- The kitchen and dining room bridged to porch.