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Koby Cottage
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Architecture/Homes/Modular Projects
1,100 sf
Albion, MI
Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award
AIA/NYS Design Merit Award

Koby Cottage was designed to accommodate families visiting their children attending a boarding school for troubled teens. Surrounded by nature, it provides a peaceful, private domestic setting for reuniting families.

The eleven hundred square foot cottage has an X-shaped plan formed by joining two prefabricated steel modules. One wing is for parents, the other for their child. A dining table is situated where the two wings cross to create a place for meeting, discussion and to express family bonds. The structure is raised above the ground and the space between the modules is sheathed with glass to show the landscape as continuous and nature as enveloping.

Koby is a prototype constructed using the KFS (Kullman Frame System), an extremely strong and efficient modular space frame consisting of hollow tubular steel that allows for large cantilevers and window openings. The structural system was developed for the construction of multi-story modular buildings. Its tubular steel space frame has the unique capacity to achieve heights of twelve stories using patented connections that minimize field finishing and speed the overall construction process. The cottage features a high level of craftsmanship and detail as well as number of high performance components.

Diagram #2 Key

  1. High-velocity ducted heating/AC system with heat exchange ventilator
  2. Cor-ten steel rainscreen cladding allows walls to breathe to resist water
  3. Banquette with removable bolsters, seats 8, sleeps 3
  4. Tongue & groove FSC-certified pre-finished maple
  5. Tongue & groove FSC-certified pre-finished maple floor
  6. Non-polluting alcohol burning fireplace
  7. Recycled porcelain floor
  8. Roof with optional thin film photovoltaics
  9. Smart moisture retarder taped at all seams and openings, breathes in warm weather
  10. Foamed-in-Place Insulation
  11. Continuous Insulation
  12. Welded tubular steel frame with high recycled content
  13. Integrated writing desk
  14. Insulated maple, cedar and stainless steel window system
  15. Integrated roller-blinds
  16. High performace glass
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