Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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PRO-FILE D Ever since they appeared on the residen- tial architecture scene a little more than a dozen years ago, Johnsen Schmaling Architects has continued to surprise, delight, and sometimes confound. The first project of theirs to attract notice was the Parts House Pavilion, a whimsical roof- top entertaining space in their hometown of Milwaukee. Colorful, versatile, and clever, the pavilion structure transformed a neglected space atop a condo conversion building. As zany as the space seemed at the time, there was wisdom in the whimsy. With Johnsen Schmaling, there always is. Apart from their obvious talent for creating distinctive residential buildings, the firm partners have a special knack for elucidating the intellectual underpinnings of every design decision they make. There's a rationale for every choice, and they make sure to document that process thoroughly. This bread crumb approach helps them immeasurably with their clients and with award juries, because appreciation for their work invariably deepens with a fuller understanding. They are the rare firm that seems able to quantify what most consider qualitative choices. First and foremost, the foundation of each design begins with the landscape and The Secrets of the Trees JOHNSEN SCHMALING ARCHITECTS MILWAUKEE Left and above: Mountain House mimics the topography of its hilly site in Big Sky, Mont., and takes its palette from natural elements of the landscape. Above: Brian Johnsen and Sebastian Schmaling. Above: Looking out on the Rocky Mountains in the distance, Mountain House embraces the changes its corrugated Cor-Ten steel exterior will undergo as it ages. All photos and graphics: Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Architects VOL. 3, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 17

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