simon de aguero: brittlebush
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oct 20, 2010
simon de aguero: brittlebush

‘brittlebush’ by simón de agüero
all images courtesy
simón de agüero

simón de agüero, a recent graduate of the frank lloyd wright school of architecture in taliesin, arizona,
has sent us images of his design-build project, ‘brittlebush’. the design is an experimental desert dwelling
for winter residents of the area. 

featuring an open-air living space, the shelter largely incorporates tensile fabric structures into its design
to provide a tent-like covering. the masts and anchors on the structure can adaptively accommodate a
150 square-foot roof membrane of either shade-cloth or vinyl. the living space is circumscribed with
a jagged, three-inch rammed-earth wall framed in steel. a raised bed platform for one is situated above
a fireplace for passive winter heating.

the majority of the material used for ‘brittlebush’ were recovered or found on site: 90% of the steel
was salvaged from the school scrap yard, all of the wood used for the formwork was waste from
a local renovation project, and the earth used for the walls was from on-site.

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