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Kohler Residence / Milwaukee

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    The house is built on a brownfield site in the Kane Commons community, which includes 12 living units surrounding a common courtyard. With careful grading, the need to landfill contaminated soils was greatly reduced.

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    The main stair is composed of salvaged trestle bridge timbers.

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    The main stair is composed of salvaged trestle bridge timbers.

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    The kitchen features composite countertops made from recycled paper, Energy Star appliances, and recycled wood flooring.

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    The kitchen features composite countertops made from recycled paper, Energy Star appliances, and recycled wood flooring.

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    Warm, well-worn materials add character and up the sustainability quotient, including reused stone flooring and bookshelves and trim made of salvaged lumber from a nearby teardown.

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    Warm, well-worn materials add character and up the sustainability quotient, including reused stone flooring and bookshelves and trim made of salvaged lumber from a nearby teardown.

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    The multi-level green roof aids in insulation and decreases water runoff.

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    The multi-level green roof aids in insulation and decreases water runoff.

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    Found objects such as scavanged sinks, recycled tile, and reclaimed wood fill the house with interest and warmth.

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    Found objects such as scavanged sinks, recycled tile, and reclaimed wood fill the house with interest and warmth.

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    The depth of the straw bale walls can be seen in this windowsill.

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    The depth of the straw bale walls can be seen in this windowsill.

 

Our judges were impressed with the look of this whimsical home, deeming it the most successfully designed straw-bale project they had ever seen. They also liked the way its design blurs the lines between modern and traditional with a touch of the unexpected. “It looked like they were trying to have fun,” said one judge.

Warm, well-worn materials that add even more character and up the sustainability quotient include floors made of repurposed high school gym bleachers, recycled stone flooring, and bookshelves and trim fashioned from reclaimed lumber. The main stair is composed of salvaged bridge trestles.

Other features include toilets that reuse water from a tank-mounted handwashing sink, a central fresh air chimney with motorized windows, geothermal heating and cooling, and a multi-level green roof. The house sits on a brownfield site in the Kane Commons community, which includes 12 living units surrounding a shared courtyard and driveway.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Milwaukee, WI.