Private Residence

Madison, WI


This site for this new single-family home offered great potential but also challenge. First, the site was just over thirty feet wide and allowed for no buildable area based on the zoning code; Second, It was located in Madison’s Historic Third Lake District and which required approval for all work; and Third, it was situated between a 19th century house, a city park and a busy urban corridor.


The design incorporates a series of levels which respond to the grade and are anchored by a light well and central stair.  The top level includes an away space and deck. Circulation is kept to a minimum.


The architecture’s strong colors, clean details, materials and forms draw from the neighborhood. Day-lighting, sun shades, radiant heating, a whole house fan and sustainable materials are part of the green design.


The permit process required reviews and approvals from the City of Madison Landmarks Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Parks Department, Engineering and Building Inspection.

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