This home, located in Door County, is designed as a green retreat for a couple from the Chicago area. While heavily wooded, the site opens on the east end to Lake Michigan, located less than 300’ away. The east side of the house is completely open to the lake view, while a south facing courtyard fronts to the woods.
Borrowing from traditional barn vernacular design, the house is an ‘exploded’ version of classic barn forms, optimized for ventilation in the summer. The dramatically sloping roofs produce a ‘venturi’ shape to assist the house in natural cross ventilation, flushing interior air out at the high remotely controlled light monitors. The south facing windows high up in the ventilation tower warm the air, thereby creating a solar chimney to increase the effect of the natural ventilation while providing additional daylighting to the interior space.
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Pre-wired for solar thermal and photovoltaic panels
Bamboo cabinets and local river rock backsplash
Native and low maintenance landscaping
Low and no-VOC materials and finishes
Significant locally sourced materials
Cement fiberboard siding
Passive Whole house ventilation
Radiant floor heating
Kipnis Architecture + Planning | 1642 Payne Street Evanston
IL 60201 | 847-864-9650 | firstname.lastname@example.org