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  Aquila Che Salire (Soaring Eagle) Residence

Project Data: 5,900 sq. ft. New Single Family Dwelling, w/ 1,500 sq. ft. garage
Location: Reno, Nevada
Description: Poised like a sentry overlooking the transition zone boarding the Toiyabe National Forest to the south, and downtown Reno to the northeast, the Aquila Che Salire (Soaring Eagle) residence, emerges from its perch. The abundance of rust colored volcanic tuft covered with liken, a sage covered dramatic uphill slope, dotted with native Juniper's, generates the site specific palette of stained board-formed concrete base (similar to volcanic tuft), sage colored plaster towers, deep stained cedar fiber-cement lap siding, with cor-ten steel roofs and detailing. The lofty location of the site, on one of the highest properties in the "Eaglenest" development, gazing over the Truckee River corridor to the north, and out to a spectacular view of Pevine Mtn. to the northwest, along with the Italian born owner, lead to the Eagle metaphor. Due to the steep uphill nature of the lot, the design transitions from a very entrenched and grounded design (lending itself to elegant indoor / outdoor living and flow) on the south side, to a floating north elevation, just waiting to launch itself into the updrafts of the hillside. The form and function result from the owner's desire to infuse a level of organic integrity into this dynamic and challenging upslope property.
Project Team:
Residential Designer:
Joel L. Sherman
J.L.S. Design

Dario Michael Passalalpi
DMP Contractors

Structural Engineer:
Loius Woods & Eric Bjur
Gabbart + Woods Structural Engineers

Clement Woods
Woods Energy Consultants

Clement Woods
Woods Energy Consultants

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