Prefabricated, eco-friendly home design has a new showcase project: the Ruby Springs home in Montana, a collaboration between the architects at Medicine Hat Inc. and the interior designers from Shack Up Studio.
The structure was constructed in Bozeman, MT (where both Medicine Hat and Shack Up Studio are located), then assembled at its remote location in Ruby Springs. According to the designers at Medicine Hat, the home’s dynamic elements set it apart from other prefabricated designs:
“Through the implementation of operable hydraulic screens, the residence can modulate its transparency and subsequent connection to the ever-present Ruby Mountains to the west. Exterior sliding barn doors serve as filters to the landscape, and moderate the apparent porosity of the home from the inside and out. The presence of the home is continually re-invented as the light moves over its re-configuring surfaces.”
The environmental advantages of modular construction are especially pronounced when building in a remote area, since transporting supplies and equipment are a big part of any project’s overall environmental footprint. The Ruby Springs home also features an array of energy efficient and eco-friendly finishes, including reclaimed wood trim, cork flooring, low VOC paints, and low-E windows. Finally, a large photovoltaic solar system and geothermal heating/cooling help the Ruby Springs home stay as close to “net zero” energy consumption as possible.
Via Medicine Hat Inc.
(all images: Will Brewster)