Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

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PRO-FILE D context it occupies. Now, plenty of firms will tell you they are inspired by a project's surroundings. They may even show you a poster board festooned with samples from the site—bark, lichen, pebbles—that is intended to serve as a kind of Rosetta stone to the work. But few if any can track every little twist and turn along the way to the final result with such clarity, self-possession, and conviction. Perhaps that's because both partners are professors of architecture practice (at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) as well as firm leaders. They are at once steeped in theory, practice, and practi- cality. They're accustomed to breaking concepts down to critical elements for students and for budget-conscious residential clients. Leaves of Glass The next big firm project to capture national attention and award recognition was Camouflage House in 2007. Designed as a weekend home on Wisconsin's Green Lake, the 2,700-square-foot, low-slung structure uses a meticulously patterned façade to mimic the solids and voids of trees on the heavily wooded site. An almost musical composition of tongue- and-groove cedar, glass, and colored Prodema wood-veneer panels alternately conceals and reveals the landscape and lake beyond. The partners based the color palette of the house, and especially of the Prodema panels (variations of browns, reds, yellows), on a year's worth of site visits, tracking the changing of the leaves through the seasons. Those Prodema panels project forward from the façade about 4 inches, adding another variation of layer and depth to the structure as well. Over time, the cedar silvers out, but the veneer panels hold their hues. The project was a breakthrough for the firm. It garnered local, regional, and national design awards. The following year, the Architectural League of Top to bottom: Linear Cabin is a natural evolution from the firm's award-winning early project, Camouflage House (above). Both are resolute in their horizontality as they meet and somehow mimic the verticality of surrounding trees. 18 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2017

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