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Steel and glass "starship" house is remarkably energy-efficient.

TO BOLDLY GO WHERE no house has gone before. The five-year mission of this steel and glass starship hovering above Malibu was to seek out "a synthesis of technology and form free from the predictable associations with Mother Earth." So says the architect. Juror Hood put it another way: "It challenges the concept of what a house can be."

In some ways this is a very conventional house. The main entry is into the public space--living room, dining room, and kitchen. Private spaces are upstairs off a central corridor. The master suite sits at one end of the hall; guest bed and bath, study, library, and laundry room radiate off the rest of the corridor, which ends at an exercise room.

Convetion ends where execution begins. The grand semicircular landing module that is the public space offers unobstructed views to the surrounding landscape (privacy is not an issue on the 2-acre site). Translucent insulated fiberglass panels arc overhead; the same kind of panels form a barrel vault over the central corridor upstairs. The stair bridge has similar detailing.

Practically as self-contained as a spaceship, the house is remarkably energy efficient. Solar energy is collected in panels off its bow and in the pool. Using watersource heat pumps and a highly efficient zoned duct and blower system, the house falls well within the California Energy Commission standards, even with all the mirror-coated single-pane glazing.
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Title Annotation:1991-1992 Western Home Awards
Publication:Sunset
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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