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AHMM starts work on Cor-ten-clad house in Oklahoma suburb

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Construction has started on this one-off, new-build house by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris in a suburb of Oklahoma City, in the US

The 232m² three-bedroom family home will sit on stilts on the sloping plot in the Wildewood residential area north of the city centre.

The AJ100 practice, which has a number of ongoing projects in Oklahoma City, says the house will be built from robust materials such as cor-ten to protect it from tornadoes.

Work is expected to complete in summer 2019.

First floor plan

First floor plan

First floor plan

Architect’s view

The house is another example of our ongoing exploration of regeneration in Oklahoma City, but also of AHMM’s work across scales and typologies; our projects in the US have ranged from a large office building to a fitness centre-turned-ballet school to a single family residence like this one.

Wildewood itself is a suburb of Oklahoma City which has remained largely unchanged since its development in the 1950s, so having the opportunity to work within it was a very interesting proposition. At the same time, we were keen to counter the prevailing approach among the 50s-era houses of working against or in spite of the topography. The neighbourhood is set on a steep, wooded hill leading to a creek, so we wanted to work with the site and leave the forest and scrubland intact as far as possible rather than ‘carving’ out of it.



Oklahoma can be hot, dry and sunny but also famously stormy, and these extremes are addressed in the building’s orientation and material choices. The building is mostly elevated, which addresses both the risk of stormwater but also our aim for minimal disturbance to the landscape. Solar protection is provided by the building’s overhang and its sheltered glazing.

Project data

Location North Everest Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Type of project Residential
Client Private
Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Landscape architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Structural engineer Wallace Engineering
Main contractor Kyle Cornman
Funding Private
Start on site date August 2018
Completion date Summer 2019
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 232m² (GEA)
Total cost Confidential


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  • Phil Parker

    “The house is another example of our ongoing exploration of regeneration in Oklahoma City”

    ?The other examples being?

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