The concept for this home in an established mid-century neighborhood in Leawood stems from a careful analysis of the site, HOA design restrictions and the owners' needs. Its form derives from the lines of a "shotgun" house, a traditional residential style in which circulation along an exterior wall connects living spaces arrayed from public to private.
Responding to the owner's request for a semi-contained courtyard, the "shotgun" rotates around this central exterior space, creating dynamic living spaces, each directly connected to the exterior. This concept allowed for a street façade that appealed to the design-conservative HOA, while allowing for dramatic two story glazed walls with cedar and galvanized steel awnings on the more private courtyard side. The home's form was also directly influenced by energy and daylight modeling, which maximizes filtered natural light and takes full advantage of prevailing breezes.
Combined with exceptional insulation levels, the home will allow the occupants to keep energy costs to a minimum. Other features include obscure interior glazing in bedrooms to "borrow" light from public areas, and the usage of interior wood cladding taken from a barn that was being demolished on a family farm.
Dan Maginn FAIA was Principal-in-Charge of the project while at another firm.