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The wine room, air conditioning, the plenum(s), some ducting through perforated ceiling boards, the louvered ends of each wing, an early study drawing showing a large plenum over a bedroom, quite a mystery to me and not usual in Wright's work. The client must have had some special requests, and this is Wright's creative and beautiful response.
Basement plan for WineRoom reads:
"Exhaust at floor
Intake at ceiling"
So must be relying on natural air cycle to clear that room?
Other side of masonry mass up top show openings for AC equipment
toward living AND dining room.
See second paragraph of this transcription of the Ladies' Home Journal article which introduced the house . . .
Something similar could indeed be going on here at Paul V Palmer House.
Provisons are made in the plan for HVAC equipment.
I have not seen anything yet the indicates individual supply vents for rooms.
Would imagine Dkottum correct about it being something like a perforated board or gap between boards.
Individual bedrooms well equipped for cross ventilation: doors low and two layers of vent windows across and above.
BTW - this sounds like a job for our hero Romero.
David where are you?
Perhaps, but the 7th drawing down features a section through a bedroom, topped by a fairly large "Air Conditioned" plenum.Tom wrote:Well ... those ends are labeled as open louvers.
and there is an "air conditioning machinery room" in the basement.
how does it work?
wait a minute ... actually the plenum does not cross above the bedrooms.
The volume of the bedrooms pops up to the high ridge of the roof.
Looks like only the living room receives whatever kind of AC is going on.
Don't know how effective that might have been during extended periods of summer heat. I once moved into a home with a much smaller A/C plenum placed directly below the (insulated) roof, but there was much loss of cool air from the continuous build-up of heat. Problem solved when I moved the plenums down to ground level.
(By the way, I don't believe I've ever seen these drawings before ... It's one fascinating design.)
I think FLW liked the idea, a way of being close to the natural environment in warm climates. Taliesin West would be reminder of this, as well as the old ranch houses of the Southwest.
Of FLW work, Jester (and derivatives) and the Price Grandma House also share this unique idea in a modern house. Maybe others?
The question here is, what does the air conditioning expressed in these plans amount to? Ventilation, compressor driven air cooling, something else, or a combination of these? The design is uniquely centered around this idea, whatever it is.