Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Ravine Residence RURAL IOWA BNIM BNIM is well known for its environmentally responsible design work—and that's an understatement. The firm has been instrumental in the creation of the USGBC, the organization's LEED building standards, and the AIA's Committee on the Environ- ment. For the most part, firm architects have applied their research and practice to large-scale projects. Single-family custom projects have not been a singular focus. But at the core of their approach to what they call "human purposed design" is a "deep commitment to humanity as the origin of inspiration, innovation, and prosperity," and this is perhaps the best way to address a custom residential project. It's a given, then, that BNIM architects such as Rod Kruse, FAIA, and Jonathan Ramsey, AIA, are primed to listen to their clients and to please them in simple and profound ways. The clients on this project had a wild idea for their rural 9-acre site in Iowa: They wanted a house that would span a large and prominent ravine, like a bridge 36 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 DESIGN LAB PRIVATE OASIS

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