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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. The existing home was razed though beams and wooden flooring were salvaged for reuse along with two trees repurposed as columns.


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


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

This home's energy efficiency strategy was based 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-pane low-e glazing; 3) Radiant heat; 4) Solar photo-voltaic panels and 5) A heat recovery ventilator.


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