Ferrous House: A Home for the Winter

July 2nd, 2010

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The Ferrous House was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects and sits in a row of 1970’s ranches, part of a narrow subdivision west of Milwaukee. The existing dwelling that had fallen into serious disrepair and was entirely gutted and stripped of its roof. The budget for building the new house required the reuse of the existing foundation, main perimeter walls, and plumbing cores.

The main level of the house, a simple rectangular volume with 1,380sqf of living space, is wrapped on three sides with a suspended curtain of weathered-looking steel panels, a color of warm, ferrous corrosion. The steel wrapper protects the inside of the house from the elements; in the back, it extends beyond the building’s perimeter, where it shelters the sides of a south-facing patio.

Via Arch Daily


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