Wednesday, May 27, 2009

studio 804_2009: open house visit

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a couple weekends ago, we were able to attend the studio804 open house for this year's design build project [*update: it has been extended through this week, so if you are in the area check it out!]. headed up by professor and architect dan rockhill, this year's project was barely able to get off and running. the first proposal for the semester was slated to be a sustainable laundromat from the ground up. when the city officials balked at the idea, the contingency plan of building a residence near the KU medical campus in KC, KS was underway.

renderings by students at studio804

renderings by students at studio804

designed at a break neck pace of two weeks, the property purchase was secured and the 16 week construction process was underway. you can follow the [retro] progress on their website.

some of the best parts of the house are hidden, including geothermal heat with hydronic radiant flooring, super efficient windows filled with krypton gas, photovoltaic roof panels, rain water collection for toilets, blown cellulose insulation, and wind generated electricity.

the next best parts are things you can see, and they are truly stunning: FSC certified cumaru [brazilian teak] rainscreen, energy star appliances, motorized skylights, high gloss black epoxy floors, pervious concrete driveway, stairs clad in lapped glass [got to be seen to be believed], 2-story living room, and loft style bedrooms upstairs.

for more images, check out our set on flickr:


also, our images made the daily dose #316. special thanks to john hill at archidose for the link.


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