A Sustainable Rammed Earth Home in New Mexico

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June 16, 2013
Studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New Mexico, updates the regional adobe archetype into a hallmark of sustainable design. Read Full Article
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  Governed by Roger Downey's strict mandate for minimalism, architect Efthimios Maniatis was able to craft eco-friendly features around the thermal properties of the rammed-earth walls. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

    Governed by Roger Downey's strict mandate for minimalism, architect Efthimios Maniatis was able to craft eco-friendly features around the thermal properties of the rammed-earth walls. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

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  Marrying the interior with the outdoors informed the design, as did the concept of subtraction: “If you do it with two, then you can do it with one,” Maniatis says, articulating Roger’s algebra of minimalism. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

    Marrying the interior with the outdoors informed the design, as did the concept of subtraction: “If you do it with two, then you can do it with one,” Maniatis says, articulating Roger’s algebra of minimalism. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

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  One major directive was to “honor the tree,” referring to a particular 85-year-old cottonwood on the property. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

    One major directive was to “honor the tree,” referring to a particular 85-year-old cottonwood on the property. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

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  Because the night air cools the walls in summer, the home has no air-conditioning—though daily highs often rise into the mid-90s and above. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

    Because the night air cools the walls in summer, the home has no air-conditioning—though daily highs often rise into the mid-90s and above. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

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  In an architectural sleight of hand, the building—despite its massive walls—seems to hover over a hidden foundation. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

    In an architectural sleight of hand, the building—despite its massive walls—seems to hover over a hidden foundation. Photo by: Kirk Gittings

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