La Tierra Nueva

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Location
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • This project page was created by community member Zola Windows

    Inspired by thickened stone walls of Chaco Canyon and the regional geology the La Tierra Nueva home is influenced by the vernacular architecture of Santa Fe and northern NM. The custom residence is notched into the juniper-studded hillside outside of Santa Fe NM. Material choices for the house are informed by Northern New Mexico’s traditional building materials, such as mud plastered, site cast adobe and corrugated metal in addition to colors and textures found on the site.

    Rammed earth walls, analogous to historic mud plastered adobe walls, match the coloring of the site soil and the zinc walls and roof, analogous to traditional corrugated metal that has dulled to non-reflective, match the colors found on the site in juniper bark, sage branches and cholla skeletons. The homes exterior windows and door frames will match the earthen gray tone of the zinc with a matte finish. This home is outfitted with Zola’s Thermo Clad, triple-pane windows and doors. They combine beautiful wood craftsmanship with the great durability and longevity of aluminum cladding.

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    The roof has substantial overhangs sheltering the structure from the elements and shading the home’s glazing from the high desert sun. The folded roof planes mimic the rolling hills of La Tierra Nueva. Rainwater harvesting funnels water from the roof’s valleys to concealed gutters and on to buried cisterns. Captured rainwater is then used to reestablish and irrigate native plantings around the home.

    The homeowners wanted a home that was both one with nature—allowing them to enjoy the beauty of Santa Fe, and also designed intentionally for comfortably aging in the home.

    The home’s materials and colors were drawn specifically from the site to help it meld into the landscape. It is a custom rammed earth house. Rammed earth is an ancient process originating in the Middle East inspired by a desire to be one with nature. It is a style and building technique that is true to the region, the foundation of the adobe construction that is popular in Santa Fe and surrounding regions. The masonry of the project makes it unique: it was carefully crafted to maximize and adapt to the varying temperatures in the region, allowing for comfortable interior temperatures.

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    This home is outfitted with Zola’s Thermo Clad windows and doors. These are triple-pane windows and doors. They combine beautiful wood craftsmanship with the great durability and longevity of aluminum cladding.

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    Photo Courtesy of Zola Windows

    "As architects, we rarely have enough choices in terms of glass to specify the glazing itself as we design projects. Zola has great options, which allowed us to specify the glass itself based on the unique needs in different parts of the house. On the West-facing side of the home, we were able to specify and use Zola glass that has a higher shading coefficient. It was great to have this option. The Thermo Clad is crafted in beautiful wood that really worked well with the setting. It emphasizes the home’s “one with nature” theme.

    The floor to ceiling windows certainly give a majestic feel to the home, especially in the night-time photographs. Explain to us why the homeowner wanted this completely open facade.

    The homeowners love Sante Fe and wanted to bring the views into the house by blurring the connection between the interior and exterior as much as possible. You have to be very careful doing this: one must consider how the use of so much glass is balanced with energy efficiency of the house. Because of the performance of Zola windows we were really able to exploit this and have been able to create a number of large window walls, which really open the house to the outdoors." Graham Hogan, AIA, LEED of Studio GP LLC

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    Zola Thermo Clad Lift & Slide Door

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    "As architects, we rarely have enough choices in terms of glass to specify the glazing itself as we design projects. Zola has great options, which allowed us to specify the glass itself based on the unique needs in different parts of the house. On the West-facing side of the home, we were able to specify and use Zola glass that has a higher shading coefficient. It was great to have this option. The Thermo Clad is crafted in beautiful wood that really worked well with the setting. It emphasizes the home’s “one with nature” theme." Graham Hogan, AIA, LEED of Studio GP LLC

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    Zola Thermo Clad Tilt & Turn Window

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    "The high desert sun in this part of the country makes for incredible sunrises and sunsets, but it is also a design challenge. We studied the sun patterns before putting a single stroke on the drawing board. You must find the sweet spot between combating extreme heat in the summer days, that is, controlling the heat gain in the summer, and also creating a comfortable interior during the cold nights. The roof has substantial overhangs sheltering the structure from the elements and shading the home’s glazing from the sun. The climate and geography of Santa Fe make it a challenging and exciting canvas to work with. We approached site selection through the lens of opportunity rather than challenge: we chose a location along a ridge to maximize access to the sun. The location also carefully tucks the home’s decks and outdoor living space out of the line of the winds, which can be very strong in Santa Fe." Graham Hogan, AIA, LEED of Studio GP LLC

    Zola Thermo Clad Lift & Slide Door

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    "We chose some pretty unique materials for the La Tierra Nueva, informed by Northern New Mexico’s traditional building materials, such as mud plastered, site cast adobe and corrugated metal in addition to colors and textures found on the site. The house incorporates zinc siding, selected for its color connection to the site. We used cladding for the walls, and corrugated roofing. The glass was meant to open the home up toe the environment. Finally, the rammed earth building technique had a strong connection to the site itself. " Graham Hogan, AIA, LEED of Studio GP LLC

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