Studio for a Composer

Spring Prairie, WI United States


Project Description

2012 RADA

Outbuilding / Merit

This freestanding studio for a guitarist/composer drew architects Brian Johnsen, AIA, and Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP, into their client’s creative process. “We were motivated artistically to do something inspiring,” Johnsen says, in a building that marries technical capability with a sense of poetry. The studio’s steel-clad shell—inspired by the rusting farm implements abandoned in the overgrown fields nearby—provides sound insulation, while its ends open to meditative forest views. The ipe-lined entry offers a modernist take on the timeless appeal of pickin’ on the porch. “It’s incredibly clear,” remarked one judge, “like a painting in the forest.”


Project Details

Studio for a Composer
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, Principals in Charge
  • General Contractor: Matt Bugenhagen 
  • Photography: John J. Macaulay. 
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Project Size:
    315 sq ft
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Specified Products

Bathroom and Kitchen Fittings: Kohler,; Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures: Kohler; Cooktop: Miele,; Countertops: Caesarstone,; Flooring: Ultimate Bamboo; Green products: Firestone Rubbergard Roofing (Recyclable),, Sheetrock gypsum board (recycled),; Hardware: Baldwin,; HVAC Equipment: Carrier,; Insulation: Bonded Logic,; Kitchen Cabinets: Ikea,; Oven and Refrigerator: General Electric,; Roofing: Johns Manville,; Skylights: Velux,; Solar Energy System: Uni-Solar,



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