Substance Architecture


Corum Residence

Pella, Iowa

This modest, single family residence on a four acre site is was designed for a family looking to "downsize" their domestic lives. The resulting home expresses itself and gestures beyond — to the rural Iowa landscape. The elemental design consists of a galvanized metal clad "tube" gently resting on a cast-in-place concrete "plinth" and pointed toward the view. The home’s simple form and materials reference agricultural buildings prevalent in the central United States.

The more-public "living" spaces have direct access to the view, The private "bed and bath" functions are sequestered deep within the metal-clad wedge and concrete plinth. Internally, the home utilizes a system of maple and acrylic shelving, an open-riser stair, and a fireplace mass to vertically organize the section and link its three levels.


Home of the Year, 2003

Grand Award, 2003
Custom Home

Honor Award, 2002
American Institute of Architects - Central States Region

Honor Award, 2002
American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter


Joan Kohn’s: It’s Your Outdoor Living Space, 2006
Water Spaces, Volume 4, 2005
Yapi, 279:05
Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses, 2004
Des Moines HomeStyle, May 2004
Architecture, November 2003
Beautiful Homes, Winter 2003
Custom Home, Sept/Oct 2003
Home Style, 2003
House Beautiful: Home Building, Winter 2003
Iowa Architect, 03:243
Review, 2003

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