College students within the Studio 804 design-build programme on the College of Kansas took cues from farmstead vernacular to create a major dwelling and accent dwelling unit referred to as 722 Ash Avenue.
Named after its tackle, the residence is positioned within the metropolis of Lawrence in northeastern Kansas. It was constructed as a speculative undertaking, and the home was bought upon completion.
The undertaking was created by Studio 804, a design-build programme affiliated with the structure college on the College of Kansas.
College students within the graduate-level programme spend a yr designing and developing a undertaking, with a deal with “sustainable, inexpensive and creative constructing options”.
Abutting a path that runs alongside the Kansas River, the Ash Avenue dwelling sits in a transitional space in North Lawrence, the place city situations start to provide method to agricultural fields.
“North Lawrence is understood for its high quality soil, massive bushes, curb-less streets and random-size parcels earlier than it breaks into bigger farms farther from the city heart,” the crew mentioned.
“The rumble of freight trains and farm vehicles within the shadows of the towering grain elevators are solely blocks away.”
The crew took cues from the area’s farmstead vernacular to design the undertaking, which encompasses a string of gabled volumes on a slanted, rectangular lot. The volumes are positioned at completely different angles, giving the house a dynamic look.
The 2 entrance volumes comprise the principle residence, which has one storey and totals 1,442 sq. toes (134 sq. metres). The rear quantity is a 516 square-foot (48-square-metre) ADU with a floor stage and a loft.
The principle residence and ADU are related by a small quantity that acts as a shed, offering house for the storage of lawnmowers, gardening instruments and different gear.
The buildings have timber frames, and their partitions and roofs are clad in steady siding manufactured from phenolic resin, a sturdy materials.
“We had been after one thing that may maintain its color and never fade in our scorching summer time solar,” mentioned Dan Rockhill, the professor who leads Studio 804.
Inside, one finds polished concrete flooring, painted drywall and IKEA cabinetry with fronts and counter tops manufactured from Richilite – a composite materials manufactured from resin-infused paper.
The principle residence has a simple format.
The road-facing quantity comprises an ethereal kitchen and front room, the place the ceiling rises to 18 toes (5.5 metres) at its highest level. The amount behind it holds two bedrooms and a toilet.
Connecting the 2 areas is a hall with a inexperienced wall crammed with philodendron vegetation.
The ADU comprises versatile rooms that allow the constructing for use as visitor quarters or as a rental property, thus producing earnings for the house owner.
“It additionally helps town of Lawrence’s targets of elevated density near downtown, somewhat than continued sprawl into the countryside,” the crew mentioned.
The undertaking – which earned LEED Platinum certification from the US Inexperienced Constructing Council – has a lot of sustainable options, together with a extremely insulated constructing envelope and a 4.9-kw rooftop photo voltaic array.
“The buildings use know-how and commonsense design to cut back the constructing’s footprint and guarantee the homeowners’ low-energy use and prices,” the crew mentioned.
Based in 1995, Studio 804 has accomplished 29 initiatives, all in Kansas. Others embrace a Passivhaus-certified dwelling clad in yellow cedar and topped with a gabled roof, and a residence manufactured from salvaged supplies resembling reclaimed steel and wooden from railroad trestles.
The pictures is by Corey Gaffer Pictures.