R-House is an affordable, innovative paradigm for minimal energy consumption embodied in architecture that nurtures the spirit and engages the community.

man passes in front of R-House, the passive house
Sheathed with recycled aluminum, the house’s simple folded surface recalls the appearance and scale of neighboring gabled houses.

Designed for high economic and practical performance, R-House strengthens the physical and social structure of Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood. The project is one of three prototypes that were selected through an international design competition.

living area below large window
a man looks up at a woman on a stair landing that's open to a bright living space
Humble materials of concrete and structural wood floor deck, imbue the interior with warmth and integrity.

R-House is a certified Passivhaus, meeting the stringent German standard. Its compact exterior belies expansive and luminous spaces within. Windows open to views of the neighborhood and are positioned to receive warming south light.

large rear window and metallic façade from outside the passive house
rear elevation of R-House
  • diagram of sustainable energy use for the passive house
    R-House requires the energy equivalent of a hair dryer for heating.
  • heat and insulation diagrams for the passive house
  • graph comparing energy taken to heat average home and this passive house

In collaboration with Della Valle Bernheimer Architects.


2011 AIA National, Honor Award for Housing

2011 Boston Society of Architects, Award for Sustainable Design

2011 ARCHITECT Annual Review, Honorable Mention

2011 Chicago Athenaeum, Good Green Design Award

2010 ARCHITECT, R+D Award

2009 Innovative Green Homes, Winner, From the Ground Up

R-House in The Atlantic