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01   /   06   /   2009

Oblio House in Cedar Crest’s East Mountains is a study of intersection between circulation and topography, reinterpreting traditional vernacular styles of New Mexico in a contemporary manner. 

Built on a steep hill, the design organizes the house on two levels that step down the site.  One enters from the upper level, passing in between two walls acting as a curtain between two worlds.  


Once inside, circulation doubles back in the opposite direction revealing views of the private natural sanctuary and accessing the guest quarters, study loft and bathroom. The lower level is accessed by stairs that are aligned on axis with South Mountain.  This axis intersects the orthogonal geometry of the lower living area. The lower level contains: open living / dining / kitchen area; utility and master bedroom suite.  These areas open onto a terrace that steps down into the natural private landscape that surrounds the house.

The house is constructed of polished concrete floors, insulated concrete forms (ICF), and recycled wood stud framing. Exterior finishes are stucco and rusted metal roof and wall panels. The house utilizes passive solar photovoltaic and hot water roof panels for electricity and in-floor heating. Rain water is collected into underground cisterns for landscape irrigation.


AIA Albuquerque Citation Award, 2009

AIA New Mexico Special Recognition Award, 2011

USGBC New Mexico, Green Leaf Merit Award, 2010

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