Hoppe-Thiex House

Brookings, South Dakota
Architect
Interior Design
Photographer
  • Geoff Graff
Location
  • Brookings, South Dakota
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • This modern farmhouse rises above a side channel of the Big Sioux River. The family sought a contemporary home that was both open to the landscape and suited to the often harsh climate of the northern plains.

    The structure is composed of two boxes each made from structural insulated panels (SIPs). The single story garage/workshop and the two story main house join to form an el. Each of these is topped with a shed roof that drains to the river course. Openings in the boxes, windows and doors, have their size and shape tuned based on program (interior use) and geographic orientation while existing within a house wide organizational system: four foot modules that are further proportionally subdivided 2 to 1. Combined with an insulated concrete foundation/slab and sensible systems, the resulting enclosure is comfortably efficient.

    Inside, a central, floor spanning wood clad volume houses storage in addition to serving both to register the open, fluid common spaces and buffer the private ones. Within the communal area there are locations (stove room, stair landing, loft, etc.) for family members to remain spatially connected while not being right next to each other. At other times they can all gather in the main living/dining/kitchen space. Occasional splashes of color provide accents against a background of white/grey and a spectrum of woods. From within, the windows provide engaging views and ample daylight.

    A clear composition of simple elements produces an experience with unexpectedly rich complexity.

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