Text Box: Strawbale Residence, Calaveras County California

The 1600 square foot strawbale residence has multiple levels that step neatly onto its sloping site and separate program functions.  Although compact, the house feels larger with a dynamic arrangement of rooms.  Expansive views are captured through large south facing windows which also bring in solar warming.

On the ground floor the living room, dining room and kitchen center on an open buffet adjoining the fireplace and refrigerator enclosure, which also provide thermal mass for passive heating and cooling.  An exposed round pole provides a vertical design element at the edge of  this centerpiece.

The interiors are open and brightly lit, with softer strawbale walls contrasting with sharp, linear design elements.

VanMechelen Architects

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