Stacked Cabin

Muscoda, WI United States


Project Description

2012 RADA

Custom / 3,000 Square Feet or Less / Merit

Johnsen Schmaling Architects reinterpreted the traditional cottage as a vertically oriented structure constructed of concrete, stucco, and wood. One juror called the result “beautiful-looking.”

The architects designed the cottage for a couple of outdoor enthusiasts “who were getting tired of the tent and just wanted a place to cook and a place to sleep,” says Brian Johnsen, AIA. The design team of Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP, and Nicholas Wood responded with a modest, compact volume that’s nestled into the hillside and provides wide vistas of the valley below. It also has a practical intention. “We didn’t want to go in with a heavy hand, so we went up to minimize the footprint,” Johnsen says.

The base of the house is a concrete plinth that’s left exposed, while a black stucco-clad box sits on top. “We used the dark stucco to emulate the tree trunks on the site, while the wood of the windows [and garage doors] add a warm accent,” Johnsen says.

Upstairs, the main living space consists of an open plan that’s bracketed by a galley kitchen on one side and simple sleeping volumes on the other. Movable floor-to-ceiling curtains confer privacy when needed, while large wood and glass apertures permit expansive views and provide natural cooling in the summer months.


Project Details

Stacked Cabin
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Project Team:
    Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, Principals in Charge; Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, Nicholas Wood, Project Architects;
  • General Contractor: Rick Hansen 
  • Photography: John J. Macaulay 
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Project Size:
    800 sq ft
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Specified Products

bath and kitchen fixtures and fittings

Bath and Kitchen Fixtures and Fittings: Kohler,; Cooktop and Oven: Wolf,; Countertops: Caesarstone,; Dishwasher: Bosch,; Doors: Archispec,; Garage Door: Clopay,; Hardware: Schlage,; HVAC Equipment: Trane,; Insulation: Johns Manville,; Lighting: Juno Lighting,; Paint: Benjamin Moore,; Refrigerator: Frigidaire,; Siding: DuoCoat (plaster); Windows: Eagle Window,; Wood Stove: RAIS,



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