Fox Point, Wisconsin
Architect: Bruns Architecture
Contractor: Barenz Builders
Nestled into the narrow, pointed edge of a wedge-shaped lot, Meander House curates views into a steep, wooded ravine for a family of five.
The house is an assemblage of forms, anchored by a stout burnished masonry base that carves into the gently sloping terrain. Resting above, and inspired by the classic meander pattern, are interlocking elements of patinated metal and pristine white stucco. The geometry of the house wraps around the program as it modulates the spaces hierarchically within and insulates the interior spaces from the nearby road.
The entry sequence begins under a folded metal canopy, introducing the view of the wooded ravine beyond. The entry corridor uses the shortest of five ceiling heights to guide visitors into the main living area, creating a feeling of compression released by the view through the glass to the courtyard.
A sculptural white stair forms a silhouette in the full height windows as the light dances across the plaster form throughout the day. A two-sided fireplace both divides and connects the spacious living room and the more intimate family den, each enjoying ravine views through full height glass. Private spaces are collected on the second level. Each room commands a captivating view of the tree canopies that hover above the ravine below.
Photos: Tricia Shay Photography