By nathan

The Arizona Home Was Constructed Using a Unique Mix of Concrete and Lava Rocks

The hot, dry heat of Arizona’s San Rafael Valley necessitates a set of unique architectural solutions: the design should accommodate the occasional breeze, offer plenty of shade, and highlight naturally-cooling materials like slate and concrete. When designing Casa Caldera, DUST met each challenge with ease. The balmy house was built using thick walls made from reconstituted volcanic rocks and its floorplan was drafted as to maximize the crossflow of air from the two levels of the home. As a finishing touch, small solar panels offer a minimal charge for the occasional appliance.

Browse our book Living Under the Sun to see more examples of how architects and designers around the world are dealing with the unique challenges of building a home in the heat.

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