Hozho is a Navajo word described as peace, balance, and beauty. It can also be interpreted as In Beauty I walk and also It has become beauty again.

Peace describes our clients, a soft-spoken Navajo couple, and the complimenting relationship between the house + the land. Balance speaks of the relationship between the public + [cedar clad] private spaces within the home. Beauty is the simplicity of the final product.

Inspired by the existing shade house on the client’s site, the students began to interpret the site in the way their clients saw the land. They took into consideration the views they looked towards, textures they gravitated towards, and people they wanted to share their home with. Similar to the orientation of the shade house, the home opens up to the North, pointing towards Blue Mountain. Programmatically, the home is separated into public and private spaces. The private boxes [bedroom + bathroom] are differentiated as separate volumes and clad with cedar in contrast to the clean white walls. The home aims to provide a place to intimately retreat as well as spaces for family + celebration. The north-facing patio has become integral to the Hozho house, a space in which family gathering culminates and extends into the surrounding landscape.

The primary material palette consists of concrete, cedar, and aluminum with accents of plaster and plywood. Throughout the house concrete is consistently used as a horizontal application [the shallow frost protected slab serves also as the home’s concrete floor, concrete countertops in the kitchen, + concrete pavers in the patio], while cedar is utilized in a vertical manner [exterior shade screen + interior clad boxes]. The screen stemmed from the shade house and was focused on bringing transparency and a consistent quietness into the East and West Facades. Thin aluminum eyebrows adorn the home’s windows, casting deep shadows across the panes of glass.The simplicity and restraint shown through materialselection echo the intent for the tone of the house. Peace Balance Beauty.



Students |
Shawn Adams, Erica Alfaro, Greg Behlen, Patrick Beseda, Anastasia Chmel, Megan Garrett, Patty Gut, Anna Huey, Amy Keil, Henry Rahn, Catalina Pedraza, Scott Rank, Foster Ramsey, Joe Stevenson, Dana Trill, Megan Voiles, Iassen Vladimirov, Lacy Williams, Ronald Wilison, Kristin Zuro

HOZHO [Ho-Jo] house



[design buildBLUFF] architecture


2013 arch-6170


bluff, utah : location


erik sommerfeld : instructor


roof : team leader


850 sq.ft. : size



archDaily : publication

 

designboom : publication

 

MARK Magazine : publication




role |

Shawn was the team leader of the roof. He produced and reviewed all construction documents concerning any roof detail, from elevations, sections, roof plan, and roof to wall connections. He partnered with MBCI metal roofing to get a donation for the corrugated roofing used and R-Control with the SIP's used to frame and insulate the roof.


Shawn was also a team member of the following teams: plumbing, rain-screen [cedar slates], and closely integrated with the wall team [TL - Amy Kiel]. The roofing team members consisted of Shawn Adams [TL], Amy Kiel, and Patrick Beseda.



nook desk

Hozho =

Navajo phase describing peace, balance, and beauty.


It can also be interpreted as In Beauty I walk and also It has become beauty again.


Peace describes our clients, a soft-spoken Navajo couple, and the complimenting relationship between the house + the land.

Balance speaks of the relationship between the public + [cedar clad] private spaces within the home.

Beauty is the simplicity of the final product







3d diagrams

south elevation [metal + cedar rain screen]

kitchen + living area
south facade