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Ronald Davis Studio & Residence Hogans, Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, 1990

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The Davis Studio-Residence against the eastern backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Taos Valley, and after a snow storm in a photo by Barbara Davis @ Digerati, Taos, NM.

 

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    Summertime on the Hondo Mesa, Taos. As in traditional Dine hogans, doorways of all the Davis hogans face the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east.
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    VR model of the 8-sided Davis bedroom in the Navajo hogan idiom.
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    The 8-sided bedroom hogan in construction, with poured pumice-crete walls. Photo by Paul O'conner (http://pauloconnorphotography.com/)
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    The interior of 8-sided bedroom hogan in construction, with poured pumice-crete walls and snap strings to establish geometry of traditional crib-log dome. Photo by Paul O'conner (http://pauloconnorphotography.com/)
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    The crib-log dome of the 8-sided bedroom hogan in construction, with poured pumice-crete walls. Photo by Paul O'conner (http://pauloconnorphotography.com/)
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    The realized crib dome of the Davis Guesthouse hogan. Photograph: Douglas Barnard
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    The mud-covered master bedroom hogan, with east facing door designed by Ron Davis. The project walls were built with poured pumicecrete, by Scott McHardy (Tierra del Sol, Taos) , then mud plastered by Master adobe builder for the project, Pablo Quintana, aka: Dr. Mud.
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    The bedroom hogan.
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    The cyberstudio hogan with the bedroom hogan beyond.
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    7-sided cyberstudio hogan. The galvanized iron roofing is intensionally crimped by hand.
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    Wintertime on Hondo Mesa, Taos County. Photograph: Douglas Barnard
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    Early concept model for a 9-sided master bedroom hogan.
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    VR model of a later phase of this project: foreground to background: Painting Gallery (with solar venting "rainbow" tower), and Sculpture Studio.
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    VR model of a later phase of this project: foreground to background: Bedroom, Painting Gallery (with solar venting "rainbow" tower), and Sculpture Studio.
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    The elegant geometry of the Navajo hogan crib dome is taken to the limits in the soaring solar venting "rainbow" tower.
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    When the geometry of the crib dome is extrapolated in space, the resultant horn-shaped form closes at infinity.
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    Hogan geometry study. Increasing number of sides of the polygon and space containment.
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    1990 concept sketch for Ron Davis hogan complex: THE BUCK WESTWOOD STUDIO.
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    1990 concept sketch for Ron Davis hogan complex: THE BUCK WESTWOOD STUDIO.
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In 1990, the Los Angeles artist, Ronald Davis, inquired about the Colorado Solar Hogan Demonstration, in Boulder Colorado. The result was a collaboration between artist and architect for a new Taos, NM, Davis Residence and Studio (initally called the "Buck Westwood" Studio--for a mythical western hero, loved and admired by all-- including Native Americans!) The artist was enamored with the Navaho hogan idiom--especially the crib dome--and had for years been doing art pieces directly relating to this profoundly spritual Native American geometry. From inital discussions about the project at the site in Arroyo Hondo, Taos County, NM, and at a coffee house on a Malibu, CA, beach, the concept that evolved called for a series of autonomous traditional and modern polygonal hogans that varied in the number of sides from five to twelve.

Each hogan contains a different function and is not connected to other hogans by corridors or interior space connections. Each hogan stands free in space. Each has an entry door facing the traditional east--which coincidentally, is the direction towards the spiritual focus of Taos Valley--Wheeler Peak, known by the locals as .

The building program of spaces evolved to contain each functional space in a varying polygon form in the following schema:

guest kitchen--six-sided
guest bedrooms five, six, and eight-sided
guest painting and sculpture studio in a double five-sided
master bedroom nine-sided
living room eleven sided
computer-studio within seven-sided
sculpture studio eleven-sided
gallery twelve-sided (with a solar venting tower as an extended crib dome)

Today, only the first phase of construction is completed. Local materials of pumice-crete (volcanic beads mixed with a small amount of cement), adobe bricks and plaster, and vigas (logs) are the primary media for the architecture. The artist has expanded the depth of the composition by placing his polychrome crib-dome sculptures, Hondo Spirit Hogans, contiguous to the complex of hogans--resulting in a lyrical art field on the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge and near to Manby hot springs. The project, originally unique to the Taos Valley, has inspired other people, in the neighborhood to mime the hogan theme.

© 2009, Dennis R. Holloway Architect