Samsel Architects is developing a concept house for Ventana, a local neighborhood focused on sustainable living. This contemporary design will set the precedent for modern, sustainable homes within Ventana. The intent of our design is to engage with the natural landscape that surrounds the house, while minimizing impact on the existing forested ridge. A narrow footprint works with the mountain topography and limits construction costs of excavation and retaining walls on the steep site. The low-pitch roof gives an intentional understated presence to the house from the road while opening the house up to dramatic downhill views. Clerestory windows on the