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Champion Residence, Nederland, Colorado, 1980

Consulting Structural Engineers: Nicol & Giltner; Contractor: Erdkamp Construction

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    Champion Residence, Nederland, Colorado. Photograph by John Youngblut. Denver, Colorado
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    The design for the Champion Residence was inspired by the "innenhof" of Vienna, and this 18th Century plan by Scottish architect, Sir William Chambers.
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    First concept presented to the client. Perspective. Ink on mylar.
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    Floor Plans.
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    Elevation and building sections.
  • Architect's knapkin concept sketches.
    Early concept sketches show symmetry of central sunspace courtyard sandwiched between Trombe wall, and a ventillating cupola. During the daytime the rising motion of solar heated air of the vertical sunspace would drive the entire house air volume in loops.
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    Final concept presented to the client. Perspective. Ink on mylar. After the first sketch was presented the client actually simplified the program of spaces, so that we could achieve a symmetrical plan.
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    Interior view of Great Room. Photograph by John Youngblut, Denver, CO.
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    Interior view of Master Bedroom. Photograph by John Youngblut, Denver, CO.
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    Interior view of Master Bedroom. Photograph by John Youngblut, Denver, CO.
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    Interior view of Solarium from main level bridge. Photograph by John Youngblut, Denver, CO.
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    North-south section through central sunspace with bridges and straiway. Ink on mylar.
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    South side of Champion Residence.
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    South side of Champion Residence.
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    Champion Residence during construction showing masonry Trombe wall/fireplace alcoves abutting both sides of central solarium. Alcove triangular roofs slope to reduce solar shading of the solarium.
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    Champion Residence during construction.
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    To increase thermal mass of the house a 3" reinforced lightweight concrete slab was poured on the main floor plywood platform, using double 2x wall base plates on the whole perimeter to form reservoir.
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    To further reduce heat loss by radiation, reflective mylar was placed over the wall insulation before final interior wood finish was applied.
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    Passive Solar Performance measured at the Champion Residence in mid-winter, 1981. The house did not have a conventional heating system installed during this period.
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Articles Published on Champion Residence:

"Passive Solar Houses Without Furnaces in the High Rockies", Dennis R. Holloway, in Conference Papers: 8th National Passive Solar Conference, (American Solar Energy Society Inc.), Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1983, Edited by John Hayes and Dennis A. Andrejko, pp. 961- 966.

Published Reviews of Champion Residence:

1. "A House High in the Rockies", by Steve Bliss, in Solar Age (Magazine )
March, 1983, pp.34- 36.

2. "The Champion Performance", by Steve Bliss, in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles (Magazine) September/October, 1983, pp. 80-83. Review of Mr. Holloway's design for Champion Residence, Nederland, Colorado.

E x h i b i t i o n s :

PASSIVE SOLAR FORUM 1987 TOKYO (October 22 - November 2, 1987). Mr. Holloway was one of thirty international solar architects (seven from U.S.A.) to be invited by the Government of Japan to exhibit his passive solar design work (on the Champion Residence) in the Ginza Pocket Park, Tokyo. The Forum was organized by the Architectural Institute of Japan and the Japan Solar Energy Society / Japanese Section of the International Solar Energy Society, and sponsored by Tokyo Gas Company.

© 2009, Dennis R. Holloway Architect