Modern Midwest Retreat :: BNIM Architects

Architecture & Interiors

Oh goodness.  I will pay you to tell me that this is what heaven looks like!


The retreat is located on a bucolic 700-acre site in the rolling hills of rural Iowa. The property originally contained a mix of prairie, woodland and former farmland. With assistance from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the owner has restored much of the fallow farmland and non-native woodlands back to its native prairie ecology. The building is approached from the south, by way of an existing gravel drive that traverses this prairie and woodland habitat. The retreat is sited in an existing clearing, and is surrounded by restored prairie that is allowed to grow up to the building’s perimeter. With its siting in this clearing, as well as its form and materiality, the building echoes the agrarian typologies of the region. The building is elongated in an east/west direction in order to maximize daylight control and to highlight views of the pond to the east and the lone tree to the west.

LINK: BNIM Architects | Midwest Retreat

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  1. zane muntz

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    “Is this heaven?”

    “Nope, it’s Iowa.”

    great line, great project. cheers.

    • Capree Kimball

      Jan 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Ha! Darn, I was really hoping it was heaven. ;)

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