Video: Taliesin West - Passive Energy Techniques

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DavidC
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Video: Taliesin West - Passive Energy Techniques

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Rood
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As the Fellowship usually arrived in Arizona late in the year...the problem was much less a matter of cooling and more a matter of trying to stay warm.

When I arrived at Taliesin West the draughting room was warmed in winter by small gas heaters ... scattered here and there throughout the room. There was even a gas line leading through an upper step and into the draughting room fireplace ... but perhaps that was meant to perform only a decorative function. Someone (was it Aubrey Banks) once mentioned jets of flame emanating from a pool of water.

After the gas heaters were eliminated, I dug out and cut off that fireplace gas line (which stuck horizontally out of one of the steps), then poured fresh concrete into the interstice. After the concrete cured, and after it was painted Taliesin Red ... those steps have continued to hide their secret. Few, if any, would recall the existence of those gas lines.

NB: Somewhere Mr. Wright was quoted as saying he would have oriented that room differently to take better advantage of the winter sun's heat.

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Good heavens---now you've done it: now someone will insist that the gas line should be restored !

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