Thomas Hirsch, FAIA

Thomas Hirsch, FAIA

Madison, WI, US


Gore-Stoutner Resdience

  1. User Needs Narrative - Seeking a peaceful place for retirement, the owners of “A Glass House in the Woods” approached the architect with a rough sketch of their dream retirement hideaway.  In his design process, the architect melded the interior and exterior through flowing views, blurring the lines between the unspoiled wooded site and the interior.  All the while, a close eye was kept on the longevity of the home through universal design and high thermal efficiencies.
  2. Contextual Information - Embedded in the wooded site, the project nestles atop a natural contour along a North-South axis.  The location on the the house on the lot provides lots of vegetative buffer in all directions, and the orientation minimized the disruption of site material for foundations and played to the natural drainage of the site.  Trees close to the house were identified and preserved through the construction. The living areas surrounded in glass face south to gain passive solar heat and the central air conditioning is projected to serve primarily for humidity control.
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Status: Built
Location: with held at Owners' request
My Role: Architect of record
Additional Credits: William McWilliams, PE - structural design