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Seen from the rear, the colored frames of the home's apertures glow in the light.

OS House, Racine, Wis.

OS House, Racine, Wis.

  • The home operates off the grid most of the year thanks to unseen photovoltaic laminates adhered to the roofing membrane.

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    The home operates off the grid most of the year thanks to unseen photovoltaic laminates adhered to the roofing membrane.

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    John J. Macaulay

    The home operates off the grid most of the year thanks to unseen photovoltaic laminates adhered to the roofing membrane.

  • Despite its abundant glazing, the home employs a ventilated rainscreen and soy-based spray foam insulation to achieve high-performance values.

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    Despite its abundant glazing, the home employs a ventilated rainscreen and soy-based spray foam insulation to achieve high-performance values.

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    John J. Macaulay

    Despite its abundant glazing, the home employs a ventilated rainscreen and soy-based spray foam insulation to achieve high-performance values.

  • Seen from the rear, the colored frames of the home's apertures glow in the light.

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    Seen from the rear, the colored frames of the home's apertures glow in the light.

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    John J. Macaulay

    Seen from the rear, the colored frames of the home's apertures glow in the light.

  • Floor to ceiling on the ground floor allows passersby to see right through to the water.

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    Floor to ceiling on the ground floor allows passersby to see right through to the water.

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    John J. Macaulay

    Floor to ceiling on the ground floor allows passersby to see right through to the water.

  • The main bath affords sight lines through the observatory.

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    The main bath affords sight lines through the observatory.

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    John J. Macaulay

    The main bath affords sight lines through the observatory.

  • A cantilevered observatory serves as a small home office with a view. It also includes a small built in desk.

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    A cantilevered observatory serves as a small home office with a view. It also includes a small built in desk.

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    John J. Macaulay

    A cantilevered observatory serves as a small home office with a view. It also includes a small built in desk.

  • The illustration shows the home's sustainable systems, such as solar water heater, roof garden, geothermal, and rain barrels.

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    The illustration shows the home's sustainable systems, such as solar water heater, roof garden, geothermal, and rain barrels.

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    Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Architects

    The illustration shows the home's sustainable systems, such as solar water heater, roof garden, geothermal, and rain barrels.

  • Floor plans.

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    Floor plans.

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    Johnsen Schmaling Architects

    Floor plans.

johnsen schmaling architects
milwaukee

This house in Wisconsin belies its relatively small size, limited budget, and LEED Platinum certification. Built on an infill lot near Lake Michigan, the home is all space and light with floor-to-ceiling glass and a transparent main level permitting see-through views that connect the street side with the water. The architects cleverly carved outdoor spaces to extend the interior, and detailed the exterior with cement panels and color to create interest. This was “very skillfully done,” summed up one judge.


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