Emigration Canyon Residence

Emigration Canyon, Utah
  • Emigration Canyon, Utah
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2009
  • Square Feet
  • 2500
  • This project page was created by community member Sparano + Mooney Architecture

    This single family residence of 2,500 SF, located in Emigration Canyon above Salt Lake City, Utah, was designed to capture expansive canyon views of its site and opens to the canyon with a 30-foot operable wall, transforming the living space into an outdoor room. The rugged materials of the house reference the landscape of the American West. The craftsperson is integral to the construction as evidenced in the complex skin comprised of site-assembled interlocking corten steel panels in a harlequin pattern. This textural surface skins the three solid sides of the house and was selected to amplify the non-static quality of domestic life, as it is transforms from a metallic steel to a mottled deep rust color. This matelassé steel is combined with glass and a board-formed wood textured concrete for a contextual, low-maintenance contemporary material palette.

    The house creates an open-ended domestic frame that can be transformed by its inhabitants. Its exterior is a magnetic surface, onto which personalized attachments can be placed. Theatrical references inspired the opening of the glazed wall to serve as a stage for the playing out of domestic life. A fabric system – with both interior and exterior curtain – opens and closes the aperture.

    The house also serves as a laboratory for sustainable design in the region. Its relatively small footprint was built at the minimum allowed and required minimal site disturbance and a balance of cut and fill. The rainwater collection system captures runoff and is used to irrigate the drought-tolerant, native landscape. The cladding is of recycled steel, and each space in the house is day-lit through either glazed surfaces or skylights. Virtually no electrical loads are required for lighting during the day and natural ventilation can be utilized much of the year bringing canyon breezes into the home. Toilets are dual-flush and the concrete floors are radiantly heated. The home was LEED-H certified by the USGBC at the Silver level, the first home in the state to achieve this certification. The house has won state and regional AIA design awards and has been featured in numerous national and international publications.

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    Sparano + Mooney Architecture
    Sparano + Mooney Architecture is a full-service design firm offering comprehensive architectural and planning services to civic, municipal, institutional, and private clients. The firm celebrates two decades of design leadership in 2017 and continues to cultivate a culture of excellence in design and client service as core values. The firm draws inspiration from the rich and timeless modern traditions in architecture, and creates warm and inviting environments that respond to contemporary conditions. Exceptional architectural solutions are consistently developed through a balance of aesthetic and technical innovation delivered through an effective project management process.
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