Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
Madison Residence in Kansas City, Missouri by KEM STUDIO
September 21st, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: KEM STUDIO
The Madison residence is located in the Westside neighborhood in Kansas City, MO, USA.
The goal of this project was to break conventional notions of what we “need” in a house and design for the client’s specific lifestyle. KEM STUDIO went through a comprehensive research process to define the parameters of the project, analyze the client’s lifestyle and develop a clear idea for the project.
The big idea centered around three principles:
1) Be modern, minimal and sustainable: focus on the experience with volume, light and interactions more than square footage.
The exterior has two basic materials of reclaimed sinker cypress and factory-painted corrugated metal. Given a challenging, narrow 40 ft. lot that is all solid rock and severely sloping from front to back, we placed the house on concrete piers and steel beams to elevate it and minimize the amount of rock that needed to be removed. It is extremely efficient in every sense of the word. Functionally it translates into a 1,250 sf, 2 bedroom, 2 bath home on a modest budget.
Sustainable practices included the use of solar panels collecting 4.6 kw of renewable energy, spray foam insulation, high efficiency zoned mini-split mechanical units, low VOC paints, reclaimed materials, hardwood floors made up of shorts from other projects, and xeriscape landscaping to reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation.
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