Air Architecture recently created a unique guest house for a Buddhism expert in Brentwood, California.  The home features a polycarbonate-clad skin over a timber frame, with a barrier of air between for insulation.

Passive cross ventilation, with the help of an operable skylight, helps to cool the structure on those hot So Cal summer days.  With solar already on board, the homeowner is also looking to add a couple wind turbines to get his abode fully off the grid.

I am intrigued by the relationship the raw, unfinished wood has with the transparent shell of polycarbonate…. a balance of materials that exposes the bones of the structure in an unfamiliar way….

Overall, a cool concept that reached big results on a little budget.



About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.