When a family decided to relocate from Silicon Valley to the Utah ski town of Park City, they tapped local design studio Klima Architecture to realize their dream of an energy-efficient home. Known for its carbon-efficient designs, the firm exceeded expectations with its design of the Meadows Haus, a Passive House-certified home with a 10 kW solar shade canopy, airtight construction and recycled and low-VOC materials throughout. The handsome, modern home also emphasizes indoor/outdoor living with rooftop decks and expansive, triple-pane windows that frame southern ski mountain views.
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Set on a slope nearly 7,000 feet above sea level, the 5,120-square-foot Meadows Haus features an upside-down layout that places the five bedrooms on the lower two floors and the communal areas on the topmost level to take advantage of elevated landscape views. Massive lift-and-slide glass doors seamlessly connect the upper living spaces to rooftop decks partly shaded by a solar canopy.
To help blend the expansive building into the landscape, the architects wrapped the bulk of the building’s 14-inch-thick, double-stud exterior walls in shou sugi ban charred wood. Quartzite stone walls used for part of the exterior base also extend into the home to create a seamless transition between indoors and out. A natural materials palette and large, glazed openings emphasize the connection to the outdoors.
“Mountain views surround this simplified structure, allowing landscaping and architecture to flow into each other,” explained the architects, who designed for minimal thermal bridging and high-performance insulation for minimal heating and cooling in the home. “The clients’ goal was to achieve as near net-zero or net-positive as possible. We chose PHIUS+ Certification to help guide those goals. Utilizing WUFI passive, we dialed in the thermal envelope and accompanying assemblies to achieve that goal.”
Photography by Kerri Fukui via Klima Architecture