This project was a schematic proposal presented to potential clients who had recently retired, and intended to build a house on property 10 miles east of the town of Phillips, in north-central Wisconsin. The clients were a highly active couple who wanted their residence to flexibly accommodate a wide array of domestic and recreational activities, and also to provide the ability to accommodate their children and grandchildren who would frequently convene here for holiday reunions and visits during hunting and fishing season. The proposed design therefore sought to provide a flexible infrastructure that would allow the couple to spontaneously redefine the spatial and programmatic character of their house, and to place this within an unobtrusive structure that offered minimal visual disruption to the site as well as maximum insulation and tornado resistance.
The house was sited at the western end of a long finger-shaped clearing extending inward from the rural county road that marks the eastern boundary of the 110-acre wooded property. The northern edge of this clearing coincides with a low bank of land that falls away to the forested ravine of the Elk River.