The Mississippi Delta
The home is designed with two zones: one for sleeping and one for living. The sleeping zone features three small bedrooms with walls that fully open to the activated hallway where closets are located. In contrast to the smaller areas in the sleeping zone, the living zone is completely open and free of columns. This allows for an activated family experience to fully interact with each other. This dwelling is designed to work with all types of family. The family structure is continually changing in our day and age.
The building is placed and oriented on the specific site in relation to the winds, rainfall, and sunlight angles. The narrow floor plate allows for the maximum amount of cross ventilation and natural lighting. Clearstory windows are inserted under roof soffits on the southern side, and clearstory voids were positioned above interior partitions. This strategy further enhances the amount of natural ventilation and lighting. Visor-like overhangs and external fin like sun blades tuned to the correct length and angle are used to manage the amount of southern light coming into the building throughout the year. They allow for full sunlight to penetrate the façade in wintertime, and allow no sunlight in during the summer.The floor system is a concrete floor that acts a thermal mass, so it naturally cools the house in the summer, and heats it in winter.
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