A small family in Saint Paul aspired to live in a home that was sustainable, in the triple bottom line sense, with equal consideration to the building’s environmental, economic, and social performance.
Using programmatic overlap, spaces are consolidated and organized around integrated paths of circulation. The mass is a compact cube with minimal, but substantially sized windows primarily on the south face. Coupled with a superior envelope, the house is designed to perform at levels exceeding the German PassivHaus standard. Finishes are being developed for low construction and life cycle cost. The interior is polished concrete, paperless gypsum, and construction grade plywood. The exterior is charred pine, powder coated steel, and concrete. Combined with a no mow landscape, the home is designed for low maintenance and high durability.