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Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe, USA

American Home in Santa Fe: New Mexico Property design by Page Architects

post updated January 28, 2024 ; Oct 18, 2016 with new images ; Oct 7, 2014

Design: Page

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The Torcasso Residence is inspired by the spectacular landscape of northern New Mexico and by the prospect of living in nature in a way that creates a constant and memorable connection to the mountains, the sky, the air and the climate of this extraordinary place.

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

Photos by Robert Reck

Torcasso Residence in New Mexico

The house lies long and low, hugging the contours of a steep hill just under its crest. Expansive views from its north face stretch to Espanola and Los Alamos twenty miles away and survey layers of mountain ranges beyond a broad valley.

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe design by Page Architects

The south face of the house works with a 20-foot rock outcrop on the side of the hill to create a long, thin, sunny courtyard.

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In the midsection of the house, two rammed earth volumes delimit the public spaces and frame 60-foot apertures that link the living/dining/kitchen area to the broad view on one side and to the contained courtyard on the other.

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The rammed earth walls incorporate four different shades of indigenous soil, creating a deep luscious palette in irregular sedimentary layers. They are much the same soils and hues found in nearby Abiquiu that inspired so many of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings.

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Two full-height art volumes designed in collaboration with international artist Margo Sawyer subdivide the space between the rammed earth walls as well as incorporating a fireplace and storage units that define the living room, dining room and kitchen.

Torcasso Residence Santa Fe design by Page Architects

Both interior and exterior walls of the more contained bedrooms, bathrooms, library, office and media spaces at the ends of the house are made of air-entrained concrete and work with the rammed earth to create extraordinary thermal performance for the house.

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

In an alpine desert climate with high diurnal swing and a predominance of sunny days, the house’s high thermal mass along with carefully placed fenestration and seasonally responsive solar shades provide passive thermal stability for most of the year.

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

Rainwater collection and storage from all constructed surfaces, a green roof planted with native grasses, a large (but carefully concealed) photovoltaic array as well as absolutely minimal disruption of both contours and vegetation during construction are other examples of how respect for natural forces and a sustainable ethic permeated all aspects of design for the house.

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

Torcasso Residence in New Mexico – Building Information

Project Name: Torcasso Residence
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Architect: Page

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

Photographs: Robert Reck

Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe

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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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