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Topo House built to enjoy Wisconsin’s rolling hills


Milwaukee-based architectural practice, Johnsen Schmaling Architects, has designed the Topo House project. The modern single-storey home is located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, US.

Wisconsin’s ‘driftless region’ is a landscape of softly rolling hills, and the house develops its form out of the site’s distinct topography.


According to the architects: “The interior design programme is organised in two parallel bars that form a low-slung volume and shift against each other to create protected outdoor rooms, patios, and courtyards.


“The building’s roof is a meticulously detailed ribbon that peels itself up from the ground and extends the adjacent fields as a green carpet over the lower part of the house.


From here, the folding roof plane slowly rises over the upper bar and turns into a dramatic cantilever protecting the vista terrace from the elements. The facade is composed of a system of wood boards and CNC-milled aluminum battens whose shifting geometry subverts the volumetric purity of the house itself.”

Images courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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March 19, 2014 | Property | View comments

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