David Baker Architects

Spaghetti House

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"See How You Can Turn a Chinese Laundry into a Beautiful Low-Cost Home"

View of the corner of Colby and Prince featuring the Trombe Wall.

After designing Spaghetti House for his thesis project at U.C. Berkeley, David Baker built and lived in the house himself. The renovation of the deteriorated 1911 stucco duplex uses every inch of available space and is powered by alternative energy sources.

Section showing the Trombe wall and the integral solar hot water collectors.


Passive Solar Design Award, Multifamily Retrofit
Fifth National Passive Solar Conference of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society
Award of Honor for Excellence in Design
Honor Awards Program, East Bay Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Western Home Awards—Citation
American Institute of Architects + Sunset Magazine