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Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent’s experiments in green design

By Barbara Thornburg Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent are on a quest to promote a sustainable way of life for themselves and their community in the nascent revolucion verde just south of the Tijuana border. The Ensenada coast and nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine-making region inland are testing grounds for their experiments in green design, and though the couple's architecture can be grand, their own home is a simple trailer that lies lightly on the earth, facing the northern Baja coastline where waves break dramatically. Here, D'Acosta opens the gate adorned with a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe. "A guy with a small stand in front of our property use to sell sunglasses here," D'Acosta says, adding that the Ray-Ban sign's numbers have become their official address. Click here to see other examples of the couple's adventures in sustainable design.
By Barbara Thornburg

Architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent are on a quest to promote a sustainable way of life for themselves and their community in the nascent revolucion verde just south of the Tijuana border. The Ensenada coast and nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine-making region inland are testing grounds for their experiments in green design, and though the couple’s architecture can be grand, their own home is a simple trailer that lies lightly on the earth, facing the northern Baja coastline where waves break dramatically. Here, D’Acosta opens the gate adorned with a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe. “A guy with a small stand in front of our property use to sell sunglasses here,” D’Acosta says, adding that the Ray-Ban sign’s numbers have become their official address.

Click here to see other examples of the couple’s adventures in sustainable design.
(Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

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