Substance Architecture


Corum Residence

Pella, Iowa

This modest, single family residence on a four acre site is was designed for a family looking to "downsize" their domestic lives. The resulting home expresses itself and gestures beyond — to the rural Iowa landscape. The elemental design consists of a galvanized metal clad "tube" gently resting on a cast-in-place concrete "plinth" and pointed toward the view. The home’s simple form and materials reference agricultural buildings prevalent in the central United States.

The more-public "living" spaces have direct access to the view, The private "bed and bath" functions are sequestered deep within the metal-clad wedge and concrete plinth. Internally, the home utilizes a system of maple and acrylic shelving, an open-riser stair, and a fireplace mass to vertically organize the section and link its three levels.


Home of the Year, 2003

Grand Award, 2003
Custom Home

Honor Award, 2002
AIA Central States Region

Honor Award, 2002
AIA Iowa Chapter


Joan Kohn’s: It’s Your Outdoor Living Space, 2006
Water Spaces, Volume 4, 2005
Yapi, 279:05
Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses, 2004
Des Moines HomeStyle, May 2004
Architecture, November 2003
Beautiful Homes, Winter 2003
Custom Home, Sept/Oct 2003
Home Style, 2003
House Beautiful: Home Building, Winter 2003
Iowa Architect, 03:243
Review, 2003

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