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Grand Canyon Association Bookstore

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

This building, located at the Mather Point visitor orientation plaza of Grand Canyon National Park, is designated as an exemplary building by the U.S. Department of Energy. It features a passive solar heating system, a night flush cooling system and a computer controlled climatic response system. To reach the Department of Energy's "exemplary" designation level, a 70% energy reduction over a standard building was required. The energy systems were designed in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Desert Marigold School Straw-bale Classroom Building

Phoenix, Arizona

(in collaboration with Blossom Design Group)

The design of this four-classroom building for the Phoenix Waldorf Initiative springs from a response to the pedagogy of Waldorf kindergarten education in its gently sheltering and home-like, but opening and unifying form.  It also is shaped to respond to the rhythms of sun, wind and earth, while allowing for compact mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.  Each classroom is further developed to allow the teacher to fully observe the activities in the interior and exterior portions of the classroom while being able to do their “purposeful work”.  The gentle, embracing flow, to and fro, from the classroom door through the story circle, to the gathering area, by the kitchen and out to the play yard are carefully shaped to create wonder without agitation.