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Torcasso Residence: Project: Rick Torcasso's Residence Architect: Larry Speck Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico Year: 2015As rammed earth makes a comeback for its low maintenance and energy efficiency, architects are beginning to explore its potential and beauty for luxury housing. The Torcasso Residence is one example of the elegant utilization of rammed earth construction. The house takes its inspiration from the surrounding Santa Fe landscape, using the building form to create and capture…

The rammed earth walls in the Torcasso residence incorporate four different shades of indigenous soil, creating a deep luscious palette in irregular sedimentary layers. - © Robert Reck

My husband built the post and I painted the mailbox - you can have one too! Torcasso Brothers, Raleigh, NC: Torcassobrothers@yahoo.com

Was it the convenience of having the lights and motorized shades operate automatically that convinced Santa Fe homeowners Rick and Cynthia Torcasso to inve

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