SDSU DoArch has been awarded a Future Funds grant by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to integrate curriculum using relevant technologies specified by U.S. Passive House Standards. The initiative is an ongoing, self-sustaining, and collaborative effort led by student design teams. The grant provides for training, research, and monitoring of new and existing Passive Houses, and most visibly, the design, development, and construction of PH01:BRK, the first passive house in Brookings. Students are working in collaboration on many aspects involved with the design. In addition to the graduate studio, building workshops, seminars, and technology courses have been offering instruction supporting this project and energy-conscious construction in general.
The namesake springs from the mutual desire to selectively utilize the client’s favorite color, lapis lazuli blue, as a reminder of the lapis stones she’d often receive as gifts from her late husband and the site is adjacent to bike paths he helped build. The house sits at the southern edge of town at the nexus between tract housing to the north and a permanent nature preserve to the south. The intent for a high performing architecture with connections from inside to outside in all seasons works seamlessly with the context. The entry at the north remains relatively secluded in an entrance courtyard while the south and west portions of the house open up to to take advantage of the light and views.