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Matter of craft: Local architects make a case for craft-in-making firm

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Among CaS4’s current projects are the 14-story, $20 million apartment complex from McGrath Property Group at 149 E. Wilson St. and an expansion of the Beth Israel Center at 1406 Mound St. The company also hopes to transform its own location, at the corner of Monroe and Glenway streets, into a multistory, mixed-use property with some first-floor commercial (not restaurant) space. Neighborhood meetings have already begun.

“True architecture is what we do,” Cuta says, “but we see other opportunities as well, whether having skin in the game or developing unique pieces of furniture. We love the idea of craft-in-making,” which he describes as authentic, quality-crafted design. 

The company will soon add a workshop that will allow the architects to build models or mock up small design details — a handrail, for instance. “Design isn’t a broad stroke,” Cuta notes. “It can be very finite in detail.” 

Schellpfeffer admits he functions better when he can touch and hold a craft rather than sit at a keyboard and monitor. “You understand how things go together, and that exploration and investigation influences design.”

“We also rely on 3-D modeling,” Cuta adds, “but we still use our pens.” 

CaS4 Architecture, LLC
3414 Monroe St.
Madison, WI 53711
608.709.1250  |

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