An Urban Farm in the center of Boulder, Colorado, the Dayton residence embodies a shared philosophy between owner and architect. The “why” of what we build is integrated into every corner of this LEED Platinum, Zero-Energy home. “Energy efficient, reduce water consumption, conserve resources and materials. And make it beautiful”. This was the design brief we were presented during the first meeting with our visionary client. We then co-created a home for her family to sit within a 1 acre farm, surrounded by an orchard, a duck pond, and gardens galore.
We studied the Colorado farmhouse vernacular in order to reinterpret this time honored building type for a modern home today. Using corrugated concrete siding well detailed with wood battens gives the house it’s contemporary feel while the geometry of the buildings echo back to farmhouses historically built along the front range. An open, inviting living space welcomes guests, the greenhouse provides warmth (and vegetables) in the winter, and the connection to the landscape can be felt from every room.
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