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Modern Corum Residence Rises Out of the Bucolic Iowa Countryside

Posted By Lori Zimmer On June 6, 2011 @ 11:36 am In Architecture | 2 Comments

green design, eco design, sustainable design, solar heatingHerbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, Substance Architects, Corum Residence, Pella, Iowa, Agricultural architecture

The Corum Residence is a strikingly simple modern home set in a rolling field in rural Iowa. Designed and constructed by Substance Architects [1] and Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck [2], the 2,785 square foot home cantilevers over a large hill facing a beautiful private pond [3]. The entire back façade, which faces the pond, is a floor-to-ceiling window that floods the residence with natural light [4].

green design, eco design, sustainable design, solar heatingHerbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, Substance Architects, Corum Residence, Pella, Iowa, Agricultural architecture

Seeking a home that would pare down the family’s day to day life, the family hired Substance to create a home that fulfilled their simple daily needs. Purchasing a 4 acre piece of land in rural [5]Iowa, the home they sought would echo simplistic agricultural architecture [6]. With respect to the limited budget, Substance designed a home of simple materials, based on the design of an elongated two car garage.

The base of the metal “tube” home [7] is made from stabilized cast concrete. The foundation is nestled into the surrounding hill [8] and landscape, providing scenic views from the interior. The large common areas are grouped mostly in the back near the open windows, and the bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the more private closed areas.

The home was positioned to provide optimal solar [9] heating and insulation in winter. The large functional windows allow the project to pick up cross breezes [10] off the pond, cooling the home in the summer.

The Corum Residence’s simple design satisfies the family’s desire to downsize their home while harmonizing with the serene landscape [11] of the Iowa countryside.

+ Substance Architects [1]

+ Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck [2]

Via Arch Daily [4]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Substance Architects: http://www.substancearchitecture.com

[2] Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck: http://www.hlkb.com/

[3] facing a beautiful private pond: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-green-roofed-black-sheep-house-in-scotland-looks-out-to-sea/

[4] floods the residence with natural light: http://www.archdaily.com/140832/corum-residence-substance-with-herbert-lewis-kruse-blunck/

[5] rural : http://inhabitat.com/norway-green-roof-homes/

[6] agricultural architecture: http://inhabitat.com/sliced-stable-is-a-gathering-place-and-art-installation/

[7] metal “tube” home: http://inhabitat.com/kraanspoor-office-building-hovers-above-repurposed-craneway-in-amsterdam-harbor/

[8] surrounding hill: http://inhabitat.com/saits-green-roofed-parking-garage-is-a-hidden-work-of-art/

[9] solar: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-solar-powered-floating-island-opens-in-seoul/

[10] cross breezes: http://inhabitat.com/airy-chu-hai-college-campus-in-hong-kong-will-be-cooled-by-sea-breezes/

[11] harmonizing with the serene landscape: http://inhabitat.com/outsidein-house-uses-passive-solar-elements-and-wind-to-heat-and-cool/

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