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THE TIN HOUSE
La Quinta, California - Two Storey Residence
1981

 

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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