Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Redaction House in Delafield, Wisconsin by Johnsen Schmaling Architects
June 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
A compact home for a fiber artist and her young family, the Redaction House sits on a narrow lot on a small suburban lake, surrounded by prosaic spec homes crowding the shoreline.
The building occupies a suburban infill site widely considered too small and too confined to accommodate a house for a family of five and provide acceptable levels of privacy and views.
A series of spatial voids within the building volume organize the program, starting with a linear entry courtyard along a brick wall whose decreasing perforation begins the process of visual redaction and leads to the transparent front door. Inside, floor-to-ceiling apertures alternate with solid walls, taking advantage of sightlines that are desirable and screen those that are not. The rooms are grouped around a two-story living hall, where the apertures are stacked vertically to frame views of the sky and the bluff’s deciduous foliage.
The distribution of the program and the placement of windows allows for a high degree of privacy despite the close proximity of surrounding homes while taking advantage of the undisturbed views that the site offers.
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