Casa Cabo Pulmo
Situated in a secluded fishing village on the Baja Peninsula this new home incorporates every manner of passive and active solar design, cross ventilation, convection, and shading to make it comfortable in a harsh desert environment on the Sea of Cortes. In addition to its ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ features, this home was designed to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. Organized on two levels the primary living and sleeping spaces are on the upper floor while the guest suites including a small kitchen, dining and living space are located below. To make the home accessible for wheelchairs, a 165-foot ramp was carefully integrated into the garden. Rainwater is collected and stored in the ramp, used for irrigation and purified for drinking. Electricity is gathered by solar panels, the thermal mass of the concrete floors radiate warmth long after sunset and carefully placed ‘Palapa’ roofs and window shades keep out the summer sun. The natural features of the desert landscape and majestic mountain backdrop are complemented by the home’s strong geometric architectural elements.