What we talked about most with this house was the way the walls frame the patios and the exterior courtyards…. It’s a relatively small house which achieves a very interesting connection towards the landscape.
—  Michel Rojkind

Location Santa Fe, New Mexico
Architect Specht Architects
Design Team Scott Specht, AIA; Jakeb Novak, AIA; Travis Power, AIA; Austin Smock
Contractor Wolf Corp
Structural Engineer Quiroga-Pfeiffer Engineering HVAC Anderson Mechanical
Interior Design At Home
Audiovisual and Alarm System Wiring Solutions NM
Solar Positive Energy Solar
Lighting/Electrical Contractor Rotman and Associates
Landscape Architect James David
Landscape Contractor Wilder Landscaping
Cabinetry Chavez Woodworking
Irrigation Earthwrights Designs; Dirtwrights Technologies
Windows Sunwest
Tile Contractor Sierra Del Sol

Anchored by a pair of perpendicular concrete walls, the Sangre de Cristo House provides shelter and comfort in a place that offers extremes of climate and landscape. A tree-shaded courtyard flows into the central mass, where panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are revealed. A narrow skylight runs the entire 125-ft length of one concrete wall, which maximizes thermal performance by absorbing heat from the skylight and re-radiating it at night. Deeply cantilevered roof forms create “portales” to the east and west, defining shaded exterior living spaces. Due to numerous passive environmental techniques, nearly no active heating or cooling is necessary. 

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