The Solar HouseModern Exterior
Ramirez House by Henry N. Wright, Milford, Pennsylvania, 1943–44. Photograph by Tom Solon
From "The Solar House" by Anthony Denzer, Rizzoli, 2013, courtesy of Rizzoli.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
The solar houses that pepper Denzer's book therefore resemble the 1970s stereotype, rather than glass houses, but they are the 1970s typology in the making. There is a Frank Lloyd Wright "hemicycle" house, a similar but inverted curved house by the Keck brothers, amid work by less-known architects who created houses within academic institutions or for companies that would benefit from the implementation of solar houses. In the latter vein, Libby-Owens-Ford commissioned notable architects to design solar houses for each of the 48 states at the time; in the end only a book of the designs was produced, not the actual houses, but the initial hopes were high.Architect Henry Wright's renovation of the Ramirez House in Pennsylvania (photo) employs the same principles as the Kecks' pioneering work. But its wood floor did not allow for the sun's energy to be stored and released later, as happens in concrete floors. From discussions of the house came a focus on thermal mass as an important part of solar houses.