Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eaves 4

The last house my dad designed and built in Eagle Rock was designed using a hexagonal grid,  so there were very few 90 degree corners.  This made for some really cool angles, like this eave over the master suite.  The eaves were also a crucial part of the solar design.  My dad calculated the angles of the sun over the course of the year and figured exactly how far the eaves needed to project to block the hot sun during the summer but let the sun come in during the winter.  This exact calculation meant that the house would potentially only vary a few degrees all year (if no one opened any doors or windows!)  We never really got to test that since we had to get in and out,  but it was and is still a beautiful and dramatic house!

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