Pragmatic building strategies and an expressive palette bring zero-energy building performance to a walkable Iowa City neighborhood.
This residence, which occupies the top floor of a converted historic urban warehouse, balances the duality of the clients’ public and private lives through processional layout and spatial contrast. The design assigns bright, open social spaces to the perimeter and encloses private areas with dark tones and rich materiality.
The farmhouse retreat for an urban developer integrates minimalist elements into a modest 1850’s farmhouse. Over the years, well-intentioned accretions—ornamental dormers, an incongruous addition, and a cavernous porch—had cloaked the house in a dog’s dinner.
The Guru BBQ interior design, with a budget of $50,000 including millwork and lighting, and a loan stipulating design-occupancy timeframe of 90 days, created a challenge requiring timely decision making and critical project management.
This renovation of a private residence on a wooded, exurban site near Iowa City, Iowa draws upon the imbedded formal logic of the original structure to create a contemporary home for a family of four.