Thumb House in Madison, Wisconsin

Thumb House in Madison, Wisconsin Residence, Contemporary County Real Estate, Architecture Images

Thumb House in Madison

Contemporary County Real Estate, WI, USA design by Lazor Office Architects

Jan 8, 2018

Architects: Lazor Office

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Thumb House, Madison, WI, USA

Thumb House in Madison

Photos by Peter VonDeLinde

Thumb House – Wisconsin Residence

It can be challenging enough to find the right frame for a painting. But what if you want to frame an ever-changing natural environment—and you also want to live inside the frame?

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison

The spaces of the Thumb House actively engage the surrounding landscape. Where the warm wood façade of the house recedes within a zinc wrapper, a wide outdoor room opens toward the lake, framing a panoramic view of water and sky.

Thumb House in Madison

White-stained wood lines the inside of the outdoor room, transitioning smoothly into the white interior of the house at a glass wall.

Thumb House in Madison

The logic of cutting into walls to reveal the tree canopy extends throughout the interior living spaces of the two-bedroom house while preserving privacy. Beneath high, continuous landscape windows, low walls define dining and lounge zones with a varied material palette—including tile, soapstone, birch, and walnut.

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison

A thumb-like extension disrupts the rectangular geometry of the house to form a secluded study, where a window dips down over the desk to present an intimate view through a field of tree trunks to the lake. Wood shutters can be opened to bring in air, expanding the rooms in spring and summer.

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison

Thumb House in Madison – Building Information

Project size: 2655 ft2
Completion date: 2009
Building levels: 1

Thumb House in Madison

Photography: Peter VonDeLinde

Thumb House in Madison images / information 080118 from Lazor Office Architects

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA 

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