An Eco-Friendly Modern Home with Green Roof and Ventilated Facade in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Topo House is a dramatic modern hillside home located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. It was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, with a stunning copper roof and concrete-fiber rainscreen walls with black aluminum fins.
An Eco-Friendly Modern Home with Green Roof and Ventilated Facade in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin by Johnsen Schmaling Architects (1)
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Topo House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

“Located in Wisconsin’s “driftless region”, a landscape of softly rolling hills, the house develops its form out of the site’s distinct topography. The program is organized in two parallel bars that form a low-slung volume and shift against each other to create protected outdoor rooms, patios, and courtyards.

The building’s roof is a meticulously detailed ribbon that peels itself up from the ground and extends the adjacent fields as a green carpet over the lower part of the house.

From here, the folding roof plane slowly rises over the upper bar and turns into a dramatic cantilever protecting the vista terrace from the elements. The facade is composed of a system of wood boards and CNC-milled aluminum battens whose shifting geometry subverts the volumetric purity of the house itself.”

Photos courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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