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Sustainable Cabin Project Sustainable Cabin, Crowell Client Pease River Foundation, Jon Black, Stacy Henry and Fred Koch Architect Urs Peter “Upe” Flueckiger, Architecture Professor, and students of the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University Design team Urs Peter “Upe” Flueckiger; Benjamin Shacklette, AIA; Michael Martin; William Cannings; Carol Flueckiger; Derrick Tate; Larry Harvey, AIA; Contractor College of Architecture, Engineering and Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University students and faculty Consultants College of Engineering, Texas Tech University (mechanical) Photographer Urs Peter “Upe” Flueckiger

Sustainable Cabin is a 400-sf prefabricated, design-build collaboration sited in Crowell, Texas, by students at Texas Tech University College of Architecture, led by Architecture Professor Upe Flueckiger, Dipl. Arch. SIA. Completed in 2010, Sustainable Cabin serves as an experimental research station in sustainable design and living placed at a remote site on the American High Plains. The cabin operates independently of the conventional power grid and utilities, using photovoltaic solar-power, rainwater harvesting, waste composting, and passive solar design.


metal materials/siding/roofing: MBCI Metal

Buildings; lumber: Lowe’s Home Improvement; wood doors/ vinyl windows: Andersen (Dea Door and Window); wood flooring: Lumber Liquidators; solar energy systems: Therma

informing the design were Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts, and Le Corbusier’s “Cabanon” in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in Southern France. Each of these works was built under significant budgetary constraints, which are seldom considered in academic design studios. Unlike other design-build projects, which are handed over to a private client upon completion, the client of the Sustainable Cabin is a not-forprofit foundation. By mutual agreement and support, the university and the foundation funded both the cabin and the site so that future students can visit and study the project. The cabin serves as a Collaborative Living Research Laboratory for students, designers, and researchers to experience, allowing for ongoing testing and affording the possibility for upgrading as technology develops.

Breeze Solar Solutions; welding: Liberty Welding; wood stove:

Historical precedents

Morso USA; toilet systems: BioLet; roof vent systems: Encenex Corp.

First Floor 1 Porch 2 Living Room 3 Kitchen 4 Toilet

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11/12 2012

Texas Architect 61

Texas Architect - November/December 2012: Redevelopment