Sky Island

OFF-THE-GRID West texas compound, FORT DAVIS, texas.

This home utilizes a courtyard plan oriented to take advantage of the sun’s path and the predominant summer breezes. With careful attention to shading and ventilation, this house has no need for air conditioning. Entirely off the grid, the house relies on a photovoltaic array for power, with rainwater collection for water. The insulated double thick masonry walls provide shelter from the cold winter winds and storms from the northwest.   Local sandstone, laid in “eroding” cladding patterns evoke the “sky island” concept, reflecting the mountains and plateaus that surround it.