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November 21, 2013
Calling upon midcentury modern archetypes, Curt Cline of Modern House Architects designed a residence in Los Altos, California, built with Passive House principles in mind.
modern passive house with concrete and ipe facade

Located in Los Altos, California, Curt Cline's modern house seeks to respect the neighborhood fabric. By keeping the abode low-slung, using a few simple geometries, and the leaving the facade spare, Cline helped the structure blend in with the 1940s and 1950s structures around it. The materials—board-formed concrete and cedar slats—instill a contemporary California aesthetic.

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modern passive house with concrete and ipe facade

Cline incorporated a number of green features into the design including a super-insulated envelope, ultra-efficient heat pump, and skylights for natural daylighting. "It approaches standards," he says. Pavers lead to the front door.

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glass wall in passive house

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls help the house connect to the landscape and also offer a material contrast to the oak floors and concrete.

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modern passive house with mimimalist living room

A frosted-glass partition separates the living spaces.

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bedroom in modern minimalist house

The interior finishes mirror the exterior.

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hallway in modern house with frosted glass wall

A natural daylight shines down the partition, imparting an ethereal glow.

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modern passive house with concrete and ipe facade

Here's the rear of the residence.

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modern passive house with concrete and ipe facade

Located in Los Altos, California, Curt Cline's modern house seeks to respect the neighborhood fabric. By keeping the abode low-slung, using a few simple geometries, and the leaving the facade spare, Cline helped the structure blend in with the 1940s and 1950s structures around it. The materials—board-formed concrete and cedar slats—instill a contemporary California aesthetic.

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