Substance Architecture

322 Reinvented

Iowa City, Iowa

This residence, built in 1941 and “remodeled” several times, was a complex mass housing a warren of rooms. The home had one compelling feature - a large site in an established neighborhood surrounded by mature trees. The desire to liberate and organize the interior spaces and connect them to this landscape was a central theme which guided the renovation.

A series of simple tactics were employed to transform the home. The gable was expanded vertically and extruded to the north to increase the home’s volume within the existing foundation. The existing windows were replaced and their rhythm extended to order the home’s fenestration. The result is a simple, almost archetypal, “house shape”. This volume was then expanded with a series of porches providing a transitional space between inside and outside, as well as solar protection for new enlarged glass openings. These porches, in turn, frame exterior spaces around the home.

Photography by Paul Crosby Architectural Photography


The American Architecture Award, 2012
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum

Design Award, 2012
Custom Home Magazine

Excellence in Architecture, 2011
American Institute of Architects - Central States Region

Merit Award, 2011
Residential Architect Magazine

Honor Award, 2010
American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter


ia, Fall 2013
Custom Home , May/June 2012
Residential Architect, May/June 2011
Iowa Architect, 11:274

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