Designed for a 5 acre lot near Silver City, New Mexico, this 1800 S.F. house incorporates many sustainable features. On a flat site atop a bluff the house is designed with view and solar orientation in mind and utilizes a rain water harvesting cistern within its roof system. Other technologies include SIPS (structural insulated panel system) and ICF’s (insulated concrete forms); for their ease of construction and high insulation values. The organization of the house as a series of smaller structures helps to keep an intimate scale, good individual room day-lighting, and creates exterior courts or “outdoor rooms” that are easily accessible from the house. An idea that is both practical and strongly rooted in the indigenous architecture. Copper siding recalls the regions historic mining heritage.