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around the courtyard

This project for the new construction of netzero buildings around a courtyard comprises a single family home with detached ADU.

The site is in a walkable community close to metro, with an ideal orientation for solar benefit and shading. A sensitive approach to the neighborhood maximizes the use of the tight semi-urban lot yet maintains areas for gardening and gathering. A high-performing building envelope including a "monopoly roof", passive and active sustainable strategies including ductless minisplits, balanced ventilation by Zehnder, a 14% wall-to-fenestration area, ICFs, and a 14kW solar array round out the suite of energy-saving and comfort enhancing approaches.

A modern open plan for each building connects to the courtyard, yet allows two different sets of inhabitants to enjoy the landscape with privacy.

Rounding out the project is a great collaboration with @campionhrubyla - their site plan for "no-mow" courtyard landscape with a growing garden, vegetable work area, native plantings, raingarden, and corten curving site wall join the life within the house to the landscape.

Project Team

1200 Architectural Engineering

Campion Hruby Landscape Architecture

Jay Hall and Associates