Many of the best homes aren’t ostentatious displays of wealth—they’re often hidden from view, like this beautiful green-roofed home in the heavily wooded landscape of Wisconsin’s Door County. Designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, the low-profile Pleated House was built for a graphic designer and her husband. The modest, elegant building is clad in charred cedar and virtually disappears into the surrounding landscape.
Located on the heavily forested eastern shore of a narrow peninsula on Lake Michigan, the 1,855-square-foot Pleated House gets its name from the gentle folds in its facade that bears resemblance to a pleated curtain. The architects created the building skin’s undulating look by installing charred cedar boards overtop furring strips of varying widths. The dark textured facade helps to soften the building’s otherwise harsh edges and blend the structure into the natural surroundings. A large green roof tops the main building volume.
In contrast with the Pleated House’s dark exterior shell, white walls and white lacquered furnishings dominate the interior. Expansive glass windows punctuate the building—a benefit of living in a remote environment—that frame views and fill the home with natural light.
Images via Johnsen Schmaling Architects