Weekender: Rabbit Ear Cabin

Rabbit Ear is a home in northeast New Mexico built by the students of Design Build. It mixes construction techniques from around the world with Navajo social traditions. For instance, the extra thick straw bale construction has its origins in Africa and the American Midwest, but is now a staple in energy sensitive Southwest building. The burnt exterior siding is a Japanese technique of preserving wood without added chemicals or paint. In respect for the Navajo owners, the primary entrance faces east and the views of sacred rocks were maintained with strategically placed windows. (see more photos here)