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Beyond the challenges of designing a multi-functional and sustainable building on a desert site, the Shonto Community also tasked the design team with balancing modern design and the expression of the traditional Navajo way of life. The design offers members of the community a place for self-empowerment that will lead to a life of self-sufficiency.
The 42, 100 GSF facility was designed in rammed earth, and other sustainable design features include solar walls to provide warm air for HVAC equipment, solar panels for lighting, daylighting sensor controls and R-42 insulation. The building materials palette is a strong expression of Navajo culture and the surrounding desert.
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