With an undisturbed view of Lake Winnebago in Milwaukee and an interior and architecture that are inviting and soothing, Woven House is the perfect retreat. The owner is a New York family with many memories and family ties in the state of Wisconsin. It was a logical step to build a second home here.
The serene and at the same time dynamic structure we see here is the result of the unique vision of Bruns Architecture. The office works from Milwaukee and knew very well how to build something here that gets the most out of the special environment. Moreover, Bruns Architecture is known for what they call ‘thoughtful, lasting architecture’ that perfectly matches the needs and dreams of the client. Woven House received its name from the entrance of the house that connects two structures. In one part we find the social areas (living room, kitchen, dining room) and in the other the more private areas, i.e. bedrooms and bathrooms.
Inviting and soothing, the perfect refuge
The owners preferred a classic colour palette with a combination of black and white. This was translated to both the exterior and the interior, but Bruns Architecture managed to bring sufficient originality and dynamism. The exterior facade and roof cladding consist mainly of synthetic slate tiles (made from recycled rubber tyres) which, despite the monotony in terms of colour, create an interesting mosaic effect. The white stucco fireplace contrasts with this, but also creates a certain balance in the whole.
Connection structures, but also man and his environment
For the interior an elegant interpretation of the black and white scheme was also brought to life. Colour gradations play with the natural incidence of light, the ceiling beams in white oak provide both support and extra dynamism, and sophisticated yet warm pieces of furniture and decoration match the overall inviting style of the house. The clever furnishings ensure that the residents and their guests can enjoy the outdoor environment to the maximum. So, Woven House also connects man and nature in a lasting way. Images © Tricia Shay Photography