WOW! Where to start? There is so much to love about the Nexus House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. I admire how it sits nestled in and among some pretty amazing homes, “The Nexus House, a compact home for a young family of four, occupies a small site in University Heights, a historic residential district in Madison with iconic homes by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Keck & Keck, and many others.” The exteriors brick and wood “boxes” work so well together. I also like that this is a smaller modern home, so well executed!
“Successfully contesting the local preservation ordinance whose strict guidelines advocates stylistic mimicry while failing to recognize the neighborhood’s rich architectural diversity, we designed a quiet but unapologetically contemporary building, its formally restrained volume discreetly placed in the back of the trapezoidal site, where it avoids direct visual competition with its two dignified neighbors, a hundred-year old Spanish Colonial home and the Ely House from 1896, a cherished landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.”
“The house is composed of two principal building blocks: a two-story brick podium partially embedded in the site’s existing slope; and a linear cedar-clad meander that wraps up and over the podium before transforming into a cantilever, its overhang providing shade for the south-facing main level patio.”