Private Residence

Madison, WI

Drawn to the site because of a wonderful collection of trees, the client sought a design which would be energy efficient and “smartly engaged" with the landscape. Although the existing home was razed, beams and wood flooring were salvaged for re-use along with two trees repurposed as columns.


The first floor is composed by living and bedroom wings, each with its own identity. The lower level features living space, a guest bedroom suite, a fully outfitted woodworking shop, and storage and mechanical rooms.


The angle at which the two wings meet opens to views of the favorite tree. A cantilever screen porch open on three sides is set off the study.

The basis of the home's energy efficiency was on the "Passivhaus"  system. The design features insulation values of: 1) R60 for the roof, R50 for the walls and R25 for the lower level slab. 2) Triple-Plane Low-E glazing; 3) Radiant Heat; 4) Solar Photo-Voltaic Panels and 5) A Heat Recovery Ventilator.


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