Kettle House

Distinguished Building Award Submission

Kettle House is a single family home built for a family of three in the Kettle Moraine district of southern Wisconsin. The family consists of an artist, a writer, and a 9 year old boy who loves animals and nature.

The home is located on the edge of a kettle, a depression in the earth left after the glaciers withdrew. The home is 28' x 28' and is 28' high. The interior walls do not touch the exterior walls (much) to reinforce the square plan.

Living spaces are oriented to the south, capturing the views as well as the passive solar energy from the sun. Service spaces are arranged across the north side of the house and protect the interior from northerly winter winds. Corner windows are used to open the house to the incredible views and to capture the full arc of the sun on the south side.

Materials are simple and straightforward. The basement floor is exposed concrete with radiant heating. The first floor flooring and wood walls are locally sourced walnut. The exterior cladding is a board and batten rain screen. The wrap-around deck is cantilevered and is the summer sunshade for the basement.

Holbert and Associates Architects
Inigo and Barbara Manglano
  • Johnson Wilbur Adams, Inc.
General contractor
Whitewater, Wisconsin