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Box shaped new build

Little house on the prairie

Sitting in the middle of a 16-acre farm in Wisconsin in the US, this zinc-clad new-build property by Wendell Burnette Architects (+1 602 395 1091; wendellburnettearchitects.com) is designed to blend into the collection of farm buildings and silos around it.

The simple box shape and galvanised cladding are visible for miles around, while large-format glazing makes the most of uninterrupted views. The owner is an amateur astrologer, so a ladder from the top floor leads to a rooftop observatory for star gazing.

Words, Emily Seymour: Photography: Bill Timmerman

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