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Striking a Balance: Although CCS-Architecture didnít pursue sustainable design dogmatically, it still prevented a second home from tying to the grid.

August 2010

By David Sokol

The Copper House
Photo © Cass Smith
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“Architecture is famous for tradeoffs and compromises,” says CCS-Architecture principal Cass Calder-Smith, AIA, “You become a master synthesizer.” In the case of Gold Country Residence, a second home for a young family from San Francisco, CCS had to reconcile the client’s desire to be off the grid with the characteristics of the residence’s site and the active sustainable technologies at the firm’s disposal…


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