Salt Lake City’s Environment-Friendly Treasure

From Margaret Everton on September 27, 2010 in Salt Lake City

Tucked away in a rugged canyon slightly east of Salt Lake City is a true architectural gem by Los Angeles firm Sparano & Mooney. The idea behind the design: create a residence that was firmly rooted in the land, protected from the elements and open to the amazing views—with as little environmental impact as possible.

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Three walls that make up the external structure were built from recycled steel shingles that, over time, have turned to a rust-colored patina. Not only was the material chosen for its low maintenance, but will also protect the home from wildfires that sometimes occur in the area.

During the daytime, the house uses purely natural lighting through the large number of windows and Solatube skylights. Canyon breezes also cool the home in the summer, while radiant-heat concrete floors keep the family toasty throughout the colder months. All of these thoughtful systems awarded the project a LEED-H certification at the Silver level—the first home to receive one in Utah.

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Check out the kitchen door’s sandstone steps—a cool, unexpected indoor-outdoor transition.

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And this “floating” steel-plate staircase had to be lowered in with a crane.

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A mermaid tub in the bathroom allows for lounging and taking in the Utah landscape.

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In the bedroom, an innovative walnut veneer cube is used as a partition between the sleeping area and the master bath. It also serves as a walk-in-closet.

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Sunlight from the canyon streams in to the kitchen, lighting the space for most hours of the day. Marble countertops and simple drop lights keep the room streamlined and clean.

Looking as stylish as it is outdoorsy, this home seems to just melt into its surroundings. And the eco-friendly design? That’s the icing on the cake.

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