Studio 804's Off-the-Grid Modern

Studio 804's Off-the-Grid Modern

Regina Yunghans
Sep 14, 2009

Name: 3716 Springfield by Studio 804
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Size: 2,600 square feet
Year built: 2009

The latest project of Studio 804 - a design/build program at the University of Kansas' School of Architecture, Design and Planning - is 3716 Springfield. The home's extreme sustainability (even noted as "off the grid") doesn't dominate its aesthetic, but compliments the design's austerity...

Studio 804 managed to integrate features like photovoltaics, a wind turbine, a geothermal heat pump, and radiant floor heat into a minimalist architectural language. The team is able to build to such exacting standards because they prefabricate a large portion of their designs in a warehouse studio.

Not only is Studio 804 an opportunity for students to learn real-world applications, from zoning reviews to actual construction, but it's also an impetus in revitalizing Kansas City's urban neighborhoods with affordable, contemporary housing. Here, we share our glimpse inside the Rosedale neighborhood home and glean a little insight on its creation from the professor behind the studio: architect Dan Rockhill.

Check out some of the innovative resources the studio used listed in the Apartment Therapy Survey below. If you like what you see, the house is for sale. See its full listing right here.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: modern

Inspiration: modern architecture

Design Highlight: sustainable attributes (The house is going for the first LEED for Homes Platinum certification in the state of Kansas!)

Biggest Challenge: Selling it.

What People Say: Most people like it.

Lesson Learned: Sustainable features are too expensive.

Biggest Indulgence: photovoltaics

Resources of Note


  • Cladding: cumaru wood

  • Windows: Serious


(Thanks, Dan and Studio 804!)

Images: courtesy of Studio 804

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