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OS House in Racine, Washington, USA by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

 
May 15th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Located in an old downtown neighborhood in Racine, Wisconsin, this house for a young family demonstrates how a small, sustainable residence built with a moderate budget can fit into a rust belt city suffering from decades of economic decline.

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  • Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
  • Project: OS House
  • Location: 1761 South Main Street, Racine, Washington  53403, USA
  • Project Owner: Robert Osborne and Vera Scekic
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Residential – Single-Family attached
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 1,940 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New

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One of the first LEED Platinum homes in the Upper Midwest, the house occupies a narrow infill lot along the edge of Lake Michigan, completing a row of residences built over the last century.

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Based on massing studies testing the building’s performance in relation to site constraints, solar exposure, and vegetation, the building is a simple rectangular volume with a series of outdoor rooms—an entry court, elevated patios, and a main-level terrace—all confined within the boundaries of the rectangular volume itself.

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The main level’s transparency allows for a visual link between the street and the lake, while the upper rainscreen system creates a deep, ventilated envelope with superior performance. Along the edges of the outdoor rooms, the façade transforms into a delicate scrim of aluminum rods, defining spatial boundaries without obstructing views.

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