Over the years we’ve accumulated a good collection of architecture books. One of my favorites is a monograph of an architect named Rick Joy, called Desert Works. I love the scale of his houses, the way they’re sited and his use of materials.

Joy is probably best known for his rammed earth homes–a technique that uses inorganic earth and requires a tremendous amount of labor, but creates a truly impressive structure. We actually looked into this during the early design phase of our house, but it would have doubled the price of the house for us, something that unfortunately isn’t an option.

I stumbled upon the below video of a house he designed in Vermont. The overall design, in many ways, is much different from his desert homes. This should be expected though, no?

Anyway, thought I’d post it here because it really is a beautiful little video. And that door to the master bedroom? Fantastic.

Here’s a link if you don’t have a flash player: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzxX7kyLW-8