Collection by Arkin Tilt Architects

Santa Cruz Strawbale


Our clients wanted to push the ecological envelope while providing a fun, comfortable house for their family of six, along with a second unit for rental or aging parents. Combining cutting-edge mechanical technology with natural building techniques, passive solar strategies, and locally sourced elements, this house is designed for net-zero energy and minimal carbon footprint.

Straw-bale walls wrap the north and west, while the wood framed south wall opens up to the sun, bringing daylight deep...
Internal bridge leads to master bedroom & overlooks dining area.
The spacious, naturally ventilated 2-story dining space is accentuated with the natural branching of a madrone tree.
Playful upstairs bathroom with recycled glass Vetrazzo countertop.
A built-in bench off the upper hall marks the entry below.
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