|Johnsen Schmaling Architects - Ferrous House in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010 07:41|
2010 AIA Housing Award Recipient, this house is the careful reinvention of an existing, ill-conceived suburban production home at the end of its life cycle. This project challenges the ordinary but environmentally irresponsible tabula rasa approach â€“ tear down and build bigger â€“ and offers a sensible alternative, illustrating how the bones of a dysfunctional building can be reclaimed as the framework for a contemporary, precisely detailed dwelling. The project is a case study for a resource-conscious suburban renewal in a time of economic and ecological distress.
While the project brief asked for a radical aesthetic and spatial metamorphosis, the severely limited construction budget, and environmental common sense, commanded the reuse of major elements of the existing building, including the foundations, main perimeter walls, and plumbing stacks.
Throughout the building, sustainable systems and materials were specified, including low-VOC paints and stains, recycled steel, high-efficiency mechanical systems, Energy Star-rated windows, and locally sourced woods.