This year's project is unique because of the generous nature of the site. Located adjacent to Brook Creek Park, which boasts the second largest Burr Oak tree in Kansas, the house is oriented to maximize the unobstructed views of the natural landscape in the park. Typical lots in East Lawrence area are 115' x 40'. This year's project is on a lot nearly double the size with an RS7 zoning, which allows higher density development on a repurposed plot of land. This results in an accessory dwelling unit that can be used as income property.
The house itself represents years of research and development in adaptive and innovative design. The plan is configured to be modern, open, and flexible. In keeping with Studio 804 tradition, students have utilized re-purposed materials and incorporated new and advanced building technologies into the project. The multiple dwellings blend together through a single-level design scheme and it is designed to be barrier-free. The project consists of a 1500 square feet main house and a 500 square feet accessory dwelling unit, resulting in an attractive, adaptable, and accessible set of dwellings. The house features a smart home system where the resident will have the potential to control the lights, window shades, and thermostat from one unit or an application on the phone.
This year, the studio is targeting their eleventh Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building by utilizing many techniques in order to limit the impact on the environment and surrounding ecosystems. Native plantings and pervious surfaces are used on the site to reduce the amount of rainwater that flows into the storm system. The super insulated building envelope emphasizes both sustainability and thermal comfort. Highly efficient ventilation systems and natural daylight reduces the use of mechanical conditioning. The house hosts an array of 18 solar panels by Solaria on the roof designed to target net zero energy and greatly reduce the consumption of energy from the grid.