Presented By: Eagles Nest Architectural Committee
If one were to research examples of earth-integrated architecture, the result would likely not yield a discernable consistency in style, taste or practicality. Examples range from the sublime artistic use of a single natural feature to the downright weird, cave-like habitation. It is, therefore, less of a style as it is a method of introducing natural land features into a man-made structure.
The goal of its acceptance at Eagles Nest is to introduce understated intrigue for preserving, incorporating or mimicking a unique natural feature on the site into one of the other approved architectural styles. Subtlety is important as the best examples blend colors, textures, materials and masses seamlessly with the integrated natural landforms.
Designs incorporate indigenous materials suited to the locality. Many examples of earth-integrated homes can be found throughout the United States, and their diversity is largely due to the unique local and regional features and materials that complement their origin. Eagles Nest encourages this method of design with this important element in mind. Non-southwest architectural styles, incompatible materials or an unnatural appearance would be inconsistent with the southwest historical relevance and discouraged.
The design guidelines are meant to encourage creativity to develop designs that are responsive to the natural elements that dominate the environment. Earth integrated methods open architectural expression to creative solutions to the unique environment at Eagles Nest, and furthers the stated vision for the community “to minimize the intrusion of man-made construction and heighten an awareness of the natural environment.”