Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Type: Single-family Residential, Masterplanning
Located on more than 30 acres 10 miles outside of Fredericksburg, the Piano House is a modestly sized, highly energy efficient home designed with longevity and resiliency as priorities. The floor plan is arranged to allow access to the desired southeasterly views while simultaneously utilizing the project's massing to shade large expanses of glass. The masterplan for the overall site includes a 3,000 square foot workshop, a 40k gallon rainwater collection system, a photovoltaic array, and a large vegetable garden.
Many of the design decisions were driven by Passive House principles and the owner’s desire for a low-maintenance structure. For example, the eaves are constructed using steel rafter tails attached above the insulated enclosure, resulting in continuous insulation and an air-tight interior space. The profile of the eaves are delicate, with sophisticated thinness, creating an aesthetic that is unique amongst highly-insulated houses.