LEED Silver museum’s shimmering, iridescent facade evokes flames in Kansas

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When Boston-based architecture practice Verner Johnson was tapped to design the $17.3 million Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, they saw an opportunity to push back against the area’s new suburban sprawl with a site-specific project. Drawing from the region’s landscape history and their experience with museum design, the architects crafted a building that brings the prairie fires of the American Great Plains to life with a striking flame-inspired facade made with dichroic glass…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Kansas State students built this charming affordable home for low-income families

A group of fifth year architecture students at Kansas State University teamed up with local firms El Dorado and Studio Build to design and build an affordable two-unit dwelling for low-income families. The Waldo Duplex, built for $200 per square foot, comprises carefully designed spaces that strategically share and enhance natural light.

The duplex, built on a small budget of $290,000, is located in a historic area of Kansas City, Missouri, dominated by single-family bungalows and shotgun homes…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building