The Connecting Porch, space created between the interior and exterior, is the guiding element for this affordable and ecologically-inspired home. The design of this single-family residence takes cues from its Midwestern context, using references of farmhouses, cottages and other early settlement buildings. Affordability is achieved at $110/sf through the use of cost-effective, highly durable materials & resources.
The porch space established along the edges and center of this home becomes the principal device for sun and wind filtration to provide an efficient mechanism for climate control. The open frames of the porch are equipped with retractable sun shades. On sunny days, a rich, warm, indirect light filters through the shades and a channel of constant air flow offers circulation to help moderate temperatures. During colder months, these sun shades can retract to allow the building interior to absorb solar energy throughout the home.