T42 House: A New Addition to the Original 1939 Pattern-Book Cape Cod

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Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, T42 House is a residential project designed by VJAA that was completed in 2009. The new 900 SF addition to this original 1939 pattern-book cape cod can reorient it to the south to capture summer breezes and winter sun.


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This cape cod house is designed independently of the awesome views of the Mississippi River site and solar orientation. A new passage and a second stair can support the passive solar design and improve the airflow and circulation of the house.



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There is a whole house fan that is used for primary cooling while a Finnish Contraflow masonry heater is used to provide heating. The materials used for this house can emphasize panelized construction, thermal performance, and economy.

It is a project that adapts old forms to re-emphasize space, form, surface. These old forms also can suppress decorative or detailed quality.


T42 House Gallery


Photography: VJAA

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