Black House with CORE Collective

Black House: Stair Tower Entry (left) and Site Plan (right)




Problem: Design a fabrication system for construction on a remote 3 acre rural Missouri site using 95% reclaimed material. Solution: The CORGO Module as a prefabricated series of Lego-like flat and L-shaped stackable units made from reclaimed 2 x 4's and framed with salvaged OSB or plywood fragments.


Project Desciption: Black House is a 1500 square foot, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath weekend/retreat home with an additional sleeping loft/office/studio. Black House integrates an exterior stair/viewing tower with an exterior 2nd level deck as a formal entry carport. Black House was conceived to utilize fragments of refuse/salvage material from the construction industry and integrates a series of spatial experiences that grow out of a facade developed from fragments in the spirit of the artist/sculptor Louis Nevelson. Like Nevelson herself complied and organized found fragments (as stacks or controlled piles) and unified them with a monochromatic coating of paint (black, white, or gold), Black House utilizes the 'power of paint' to graft dissimilar found materials (like corrugated aluminum and metal siding) together with a simple Black and White color scheme.


Black House was envisioned with CORE Collective: Patrick Baustian, Todd Cowger, Miles Tolbert and Kevin Williams






CORGO Module Plans showing L-Shaped and Flat CORGO Units







CORGO Module Deployment

CORGO Module Elevation Placement


Black House Plans

Black House Site Section

CORGO PLans with Module Callouts



Completed Exterior at Night













Black House layered facade prior to Monochromatic Finish