THE MODULAR COMPONENTS of this production plan, created as an affordable alternative for vacant lots in Milwaukee's central city, include a cedar-clad box entryway, a larger stucco box containing the living spaces, and a concrete wall that defines a garden courtyard. A courtyard trellis, a balcony, and an optional carport can be inserted like Lego blocks. Volumes can be shifted and boundaries extended so a single-family residence can be reconfigured as a two-family duplex. The oversized picture window keeps an eye on the night street.

Category: Production/Semi-custom, less than 2,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee; Developer/Builder: Blue Sky Developments, Milwaukee

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