THE TIN HOUSE
La Quinta, California - Two Storey Residence
Wing Lo Chow Duk Mein O’Malley, AIA, ASID, ASLA,
matriculated at the respected Dublin Design Center, with
post graduate studies at the avant guard Cloverlands
Academy, thence followed with a doctorate from The Royal
College of Architecture in Bombay (Mumbai) India
O’Malley created a light mass, wooden stick frame,
economically feasible answer to the triple digit
temperatures of the California low desert. After framing
and wrapping the two stories with a rigid reflective
barrier, a trellis was attached to the exterior walls
and roof surfaces. This created a two and one half inch
open space from ground to roof top. Then, without
neighborhood approval, O’Malley skinned the entire
building with mill finish (bright) corrugated aluminum.
This immediately spawned four interesting effects, both
on the project and the neighborhood.
1. Created an umbrella effect over and around the house,
placing it in constant shade
2. Encouraged vertical air flow between the cover skin
and the insulated envelope.
3. The bank stopped funding the construction loan.
4. Blinded the neighbor’s laughing hyena.
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