TerraHaus Site Plan • I09/22/11Expanding Habitat & Educational Resources
March 03, 2012
Building an adaptable landscape.
TerraHaus, completed in August 2011, is Phase I of the SonnenHaus Village project, a three-building development that will ultimately replace six small student residences called the Cottages. Two of these Cottages were demolished to make way for TerraHaus, but the four remaining structures will be occupied until completion of the entire SonnenHaus Village. This phased demolition/construction meant that the sitework for TerraHaus, which required significant changes to the topography and movement of stormwater, could not disrupt the existing conditions surrounding the remaining Cottages.
Areas to the north and east of TerraHaus, including the access drive and almost an acre of newly seeded native grass and wildflower meadow, will remain undisturbed during subsequent construction. But the area to the south and east of TerraHaus will require significant regrading to complete SonnenHaus Village. In light of these inevitable changes to topography and materials, the Phase I TerraHaus landscape has been built with materials that can be easily moved and reused in future iterations of the SonnenHaus Village, including modular cedar decking, boulders unearthed during trenching and used to retain the edges of the ADA ramp to the front door, a pre-cast porous concrete pad for the bike rack and recycled asphalt for the surface of the access road, dooryard and pathways.