Henderson Sustainable Communities
The Creating Communities Competition was an open design competition organized by the City of Henderson to gauge some solutions for home builders, home owners, and other members of the development community with new, fresh and exciting designs in single-family residential development. The designs were required to be affordable while implementing contemporary technologies and sustainable practices.
Two Tate Snyder Kimsey teams won awards in the competition, both in the Category II for a small urban lot with a minimum lot size of 4,000 SF. The first place winning entry, the Switch House, urges the housing development of the city to shed its generic non-contextual stigma and SWITCH to a community based and eco-responsive approach that more successfully reflects the spirit of the citizens of Henderson. The Switch prototype reflects both a community friendly approach to living and an environmentally savvy design for living. The house design embodies public versus private domains, with lower level public spaces that establish a connection with the neighborhood and upper level private spaces that provide intimacy for the residents. The setbacks between houses provide a sense of openness and allow solar access for passive heating and cooling strategies.