Poised for flight
In 2004 DesignBuildBLUFF finally moved south to its intended home at the edge of the Four Corners, skirting the San Juan River. It is the first of the houses built by students of the School of Architecture at the University of Utah as part of the DesignBuildBLUFF program on Navajo land. Lacking any conceivable amenity or utility provided several design challenges and a crash course for students in rural self-sufficiency. The home garnered an Honor Award from the regional chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the top design award in the state for the year 2004, incorporating a rammed-earth trombe wall for temperature regulation; a south-facing wall glazed with salvaged and gang-mulled windows; weathered wood; the ceiling and roof structure made entirely from recycled pallets; exterior walls of straw sandwiched by clear acrylic; interior walls clad with discarded road signs.
Natalie Baker, Larry Curtis, Kris Larsen, Mitch McComb, Clio Miller, James Nielsen, Aaron Raymond, and Scott Woodruff