SOLARA

Poway, California

Working with a non-profit developer, R+A designs the first apartment complex in California to be fully powered by the sun.  Nationally awarded as a pioneering sustainable community, the California Energy Commission recognizes this as the first Zero Energy New Home.  The Architect takes advantage of the inland sunny climate with buildings sited for maximum solar exposure. The design includes public art, interactive recreational activities, low-water landscaping and a community center that provides learning opportunities for residents to reinforce the ideas of cost savings through recycling, solar energy awareness and use of existing environmental technologies.  Solara is a prime example of cutting edge green design and will continue to be used as a model for smart growth.