For me, living in the modern world parallels living in the ancient one that existed before the advent of cheap energy. We are once again appreciating and rediscovering what once seemed forgotten… the universe provides us with a bounty of resources: energy, water, ‘eco-services’, recreation. This design utilizes the existing surroundings and conditions to provide a comfortable and beautiful environment for those who dwell there. Cast in place concrete walls and darkened floor slabs provide thermal mass, absorbing and radiating the sun’s energy as a passive source of solar heat. The stair shaft acts as a thermal chimney, drawing hot air up and out of the building during the warm seasons. Roof decks are utilized, providing additional inexpensive outdoor living space which can also be adapted as a green roof to produce a garden for flowers, grasses, and food. Full height windows on the building’s north side offer spectacular views of the bay, bridge and nearby islands. Off of the kitchen is a sunken living space with a fireplace and operable glass wall that opens toward the bay, taking full advantage of those spectacular views. The second floor master bedroom also faces the bay, with a small private deck for soaking in the views. This design allows the inhabitants to connect with the modern world by reconnecting with the ancient one that has supported life on Planet Earth since its inception.