| 23 : 30 – 24 December 2018 |
Dressed in green hues inspired by changing landscape colours, 510 House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects frames every corner of space.
Rooted on a contour site, the award-winning house is an amalgamation of two interlocking building blocks forming a T-shape. A recessed entryway form a transition point between the private and public spaces. The guest block on lower floor has a suite connected to a lounge which extends to a sunken terrace engaging surrounding landscape.
Sunken terrace with a fire pit
The expansive living room, kitchen and dining space forms the core of this guest area. The green-hued walls of this space is inspired by the changing color tones of seasons of surrounding naturescape. Sleek folded steel stairs from the living room extend to the guest suite below and a stunning terrace garden on upper floor.
Steel stairs connect downstairs to guest suite and upstairs to vegetated terrace
From the Architects –
The 510 House is a private residence located in a postwar suburb on Milwaukee’s north shore. Its volume is carefully embedded in the site’s gently sloping contours and cradled by mature trees lining property’s edges. The program was organized as two interlocking building forms, their “T” configuration bifurcating the site into a “public” entry court for visitors and vehicles, and a private, visually shielded greenspace in the back.
Parking, service functions, and the main bedroom suite are consolidated in a long, single-story bar, a narrow, wood-clad volume that straddles the two sides of the property along its western edge. Spaces for guests and entertainment are housed in a complementary, perpendicular volume defined by a continuous concrete block ribbon. It engages the wood-clad bar, negotiates the dropping topography of the site, and ultimately folds up to form an elevated observatory. They provide with views of the surrounding tree tops and the shores of Lake Michigan in the near distance.
The deeply recessed entry vestibule, marking the junction of the two interlocking building forms, provides access to both private and public quarters. It leads into the adjacent open living hall – the social epicenter of the home. This is where the owners and their guests can cook, dine, and lounge together. All in a commodious space defined by a series of carefully variegated, green-hued perimeter walls.
The expansive living room in guest block
Green hues and green spaces –
The color green, having spectral wavelength of 510 nanometers became the project’s namesake. It serves as an architectural device to infuse the interior year-round with lush tones of summer’s verdant but short-lived greenery. The green space surrounding the site – is an abstract and deliberately cheerful echo of nature’s chromatic vibrancy. This is particularly potent during those long, protracted winter months when the actual apertures of the house frame somber views into Wisconsin’s frozen landscape.
Inspiration of the green-hued interior walls of 510 house
As the seasons turn and the northern winter begins to bleach the surroundings, the walls’ immutably vibrant chroma progressively contrasts the changing conditions outside. Thus serving as a quiet memento of the passing of time and a hopeful reminder of nature’s impending renewal.
Private building block at rear side
The green perimeter walls extend their interior hues to the exterior, where they express volume of living hall as the building’s proud piano nobile. It is a distinct and intelligible architectural element suspended within the folding concrete ribbon of the main building mass to formally emphasize the primary activity hub of the house.
Living and dining space in the living room enclosed by green-hued interior walls
Guest areas –
An open, linear kitchen runs along one side of the living hall. The pantry wall transforms into a continuous wooden ceiling liner that spatially defines the dining and lounging area. It folds down at the opposite end to accommodate the built-in media cabinet.
Expansive vegetated roof
A complimentary small sitting area faces the kitchen island and is backed by tall sheets of glass that enclose delicate steel stairs beyond. The stairs lead up to the observatory, which provides access to an expansive vegetated roof, and down to a small guest lounge and bedroom suite, which spills out to an intimate sunken terrace with a fire pit.
Representational model of 510 House
Project details –
Project Name – 510 House
Location – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
Architect Firm – Johnsen Schmaling Architects | www.johnsenschmaling.com
Lead Architects – Brian Johnsen and Sebastian Schmaling
Project type – Residence, Private home
Photography – © Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Completion Year – 2017
Awards – 2017 American Architecture Award | 2017 AIA Wisconsin Honor Award | 2017 Architectural Record House of the Month
Concrete block veneer – Cordova Stone
Pivot and lift-slide doors – Quantum Windows and Doors
Casement windows – Duravit
Appliances – Sub-Zero / Wolf