Pleated House is a sylvan retreat designed by Milwaukee firm Johnsen Schmaling Architects.
Description by Johnsen Schmaling: The client, an empty-nester couple, wanted an unassuming retreat that would defer to the surrounding forest. In response, the architects designed a simple rectangular volume notched by a tapering forecourt and a patio directly opposite. A smaller volume on the second floor contains the master suite.
The black and rust tones of the cedar cladding contrast with the serene white and gray interior. Closed-cell foam insulation, a geothermal heat pump, a rain garden, and a green roof up the sustainability of the building and its 4-acre site, while the cuts into the main volume draw in the breezes from Lake Michigan.
Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee—Brian Johnsen, AIA, Sebastian Schmaling, AIA
Photo John J. Macaulay