Sylvan Retreat: textured wood structure with a green roof

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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.

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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
Project Size: 171sqm
Photo by John J. Macaulay

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