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ISU Energy Research House

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1977–1978, Ray O. Crites

This is an experimental dwelling meant to indicate how a modernist architecture could respond to energy needs. A two-story trombe wall (a masonry wall that absorbs solar heat) projects as a screen to one side of the house. The wood-sheathed house itself is a rectilinear box in which great care has been devoted to the fenestration and detailing of the walls. With the growth of trees and shrubs around the house, it no longer seems as insistently modern as when it was built. In truth, it fits in well with the nearby housing, which seems closely related to spec housing one might find in California.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "ISU Energy Research House", [Ames, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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