You know what they say about big things in small packages.
Small House in an Olive Grove is the laconically-named creation of the Cooper Joseph Studio (via Jetson Green). Located in Dry Creek Valley near Sonoma, California, it was one of the winners of the 2014 American Institute of Architecture Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community Small Project Awards.
The three-story, 850-square-foot house is north facing to minimize heat gain and maximize natural cooling. Electricity is provided by a 930-square-foot solar panel field that can produce 21,578-kilowatt-hours of power per year.
The house itself is anchored to the hillside and is characterized by expanses of flat surfaces with plenty of exposed concrete, and large windows that facilitate natural lighting. Cascading exterior decks give a nice view of the olive grove that gives the house its name.
Small House was actually commissioned by two scientists who were interested in producing olive oil, as well as harvesting honey, and gardening. So despite the house’s modern look, its owners will likely engage in the time-honored tradition of living off the land.