AU Passive House utilizes a hybrid program for a mixed generation family who will live independently under one roof. The site overlooks Pikes Peak to the west and a short trail through the property leads to the Garden of the Gods park just to the north.
With such a strong natural setting the home’s massing needs to be equally direct without miming the natural conditions. A complex use case and steep slope also requires two living spaces to be tiered and nestled. The lower one emphasis the relationship to the grounds and outdoor accessibility, using a modern open loft concept and outdoor kitchen. The upper one is more traditional and directed to the view with a southwest facing wall and writer’s loft.
Passive House modeling and design allows for leniency in the form factor given the ample solar gains from the south on the site. The design emphasis is given to an angular wall assembly to the south which incorporates an overhang for summer shading on the windows as well as emphasizes the view of Pikes Peak from the upper story. This also eliminates the need for unprotected western glazing which would overpower the home in the summer’s heat.
The interior egress, inspired by the spaces between the great stone edifices of the Garden of the Gods, expands from the front door to the third story in a single angular volume. A large northern window that echoes the opposing nook looks towards the park, becoming an intimate space to cozy up and read a book or lounge with guests with built-in seating.