Integrating Structure and Cladding

Case Study of a Residential Building



Photo of Jerome Engelking

Jerome Engelking

Stutzki Engineering

Photo of Christian Stutzki

Christian Stutzki


Stutzki Engineering



The project represents a successful integration of a glass facade with the primary structure of the building. The choice of the building material is timber which is well suitable as a robust skeleton of the main force resisting system, for gravity and for wind forces. This same skeleton serves simultaneously as the mullion system for the glass walls.

For this residence the objective was a reduction of material visibility which led to merging the posts carrying the roof with the mullions supporting the glass walls. In addition to these requirements the architectural intent demanded a structure without visible X-braces or other visible wind force resisting elements


The architect and his family found for their future vacation home a forested lot in the Hamptons, where Springs meets Amagansett. “It’s a really nice property in the middle of

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The Plan and the Nature

The plan of the house is long and linear, a simple rectangle of about 115 ft long by 25 ft wide. The spatial organization of the house hinges on a

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Developing the Final Design

The initial idea was to use a pre-fabricated steel frame, with an aluminum storefront system instead of corrugated metal walls. This initial idea evolved over many intermediate steps into a

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Several goals and ideas converge in this project. With Neary: “As buildings that account for net CO2-equivalent emissions in operation of their heating and cooling systems become a practical reality

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Rights and Permissions

[1] McKeouch, Tim. “A Home Built to Withstand the Grandchildren.” The New York Times, Sunday, March 17, 2019 p. 8.

[2] Klimoski, Alex. “Family Ties.” , Architectural Record, April 2019, p.84-87.

[3] McKnight, Jenna. “Jerome Engelking designs Wuehrer House for forest clearing in the Hamptons.” deezen online design magazine, June 10, 2019.

[4] Neary, John. “Structural Skin: Integrating Structure and Cladding”. Facade Tectonics Institute. Proceedings of the World Congress October 2016

[5] Green, Michael, Taggart, Jim. “Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance”. Birkhaeuser, Basel 2017; p 101-107.

[6] Knaack, Ulrich, Klein, Tilmann. “The Future Envelope 1, A Multidisciplinary Approach”. IOS Press, Amsterdam 2008; p 87

The Copyrights of the Figures are by the Fotographer Nic Lehoux