From the firm's website description of the home...
"The Yin-Yang House is a single-family home in a quiet Venice, CA neighborhood. The design objective was to create a space for a large and growing family with several children, which would create a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes public family space. The home is also meant to serve as a place to entertain and a welcoming space for teenagers as they seek social space with friends."
"Many of the materials used, including the bamboo interior, composite stone and tile countertops and bathroom finishes are recycled, and reinforce the environmental DNA of the house, which also has a green roof. Blown-in cellulose insulation, radiant heating and a host of other sustainable features aids in the performance of the building’s heating and cooling.
The active systems in the home include a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system, the largest such residential system available on the market. The solar panels also provide shade from the sun, preventing the house from becoming overheated. The owners have been in the home for over nine months and have yet to receive a power bill."This house intrigued me because of what it isn't. It isn't a house designed specifically to showcase great wood architecture, specialty woods, or even wood as a focus of the green design of the house. The materials paragraph above doesn't even mention wood (unless you count the cellulose insulation). But what the many pictures of the home reveal that wood lends its character to a space that has been designed specifically for modern, even future, visions with their requisite restrained functionality.
|Spock was always tense. No wood on Vulcan.|
So, the Yin-Yang House proves that it will be so. Wood is a natural yang to the cold, sterile yin of concrete, steel, glass, and plastic.
Beam me up, Scottie. I've got a load of nice quartersawn oak for the holodeck entryway.