ROBERT ARLT architect


In the historic All Saints neighborhood just south of downtown Sioux Falls, SD, a young family purchased a lot for an urban infill project. The simple massing ties to the neighborhood as does the roof slope and the garage on alley side with a courtyard between house and garage. A survey of the various columns on the houses provided inspiration for the 3 bay, 4 column "Georgian" stacked front porch, translated here into privacy slats with large openings for views of the street and toward downtown. A new column type was added to the neighborhood's pallette with a slender steel I-beam column system.

Passive House strategies are used to drastically reduce energy use. The home is framed in oversized ICF and SIP construction to achieve a near airtight structure. A whole house ventilation system provides fresh air throughout the year. The design nearly qualifies for passive house certification and is enery star and net zero ready capable. In addition, the home is designed to age-in-place and be readily adaptable if living is required on one level.