South Shore Residence

Fontana, Wisconsin

This project was conceived as a series of three pavilions joined by glass links resting on a stone plinth integrated with the landscape.

Sited on the south shore edge of Lake Geneva and at the bottom of a steep sloping watershed, the property lines and zoning dictated a linear organization of the living spaces around a connecting corridor. Important elements including the staircase, front entrance, bay projections and screened porch, expand from the pavilion volumes to catch views and cross ventilation.

The material palette reflects the composition and defines the architectural elements: book-end pavilion walls are clad in blue-gray slate with mahogany windows outlined in zinc; mahogany links with full height glass, accept light and views between the pavilions; white stained cedar clapboards reflect light and add brightness between the pavilions; standing seam zinc roofing and fascia panels reinforce the pavilions’ orientation and define the edges of the walls; mahogany windows, doors and cladding identify openings and portals and special volumetric projections with a nod to the vintage wooden power boats on the lake.

Bluestone pavement for the entry path walk, plinth terrace, and wing wall define the building base and footprint of outdoor.


Landscape Architect: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
General Contractor: Fischer Fine Home Building, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Enspect Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: IBC Engineering Services, Inc.
Interior Designer: Eric Ceputis Design
Photographer: Tom Rossiter