This weekend house sits very lightly on the land and, if left unattended, could become a ruin by design. The house is selfsustaining with regard to water and electricity; photovoltaics provide electricity and the roof directs the capture of rainwater. This simple shelter “deals with conditions that have always existed.”1 The form reflects an understanding of vernacular structures and recollects the architect’s fond childhood memories of working with the climate. He recalls, as a child, using a water hose to cool down the hot metal roof of a simple one-room weekend cabin during the hot Texas summers.