Wild Residence On The Shore of Lake Michigan Integrates Local Architecture and Materials

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Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, this house represents an assemblage of three offset structures. The building has been designed bu Desai Chia Architecture in collaboration with the Environment Architects (AOR) of Traverse City.

The residence integrates the living room, the kitchen, and an inviting, large terrace. The additional two structures designed for the sleeping areas house the master bedroom and the three children small bedrooms. The separate structures are all connected through a large open dining area.

On the outside, the roofscape has gentle undulations that follow the movement of the natural terrain and make a playful reference to the traditional architecture of nearby fishing villages. In the southern part of the residence, the 20-foot roof extends ad opens up to the terrace, providing a stunning view of Lake Michigan and its surrounding forests. 

The facade of the residence is clad in a traditional method of charring wood called ‘shou sugi ban'. This ancient method enables the wood to become rot resistant and bug resistant. This way, the charred texture of the wood and the modulation of the facade enhance the shadows across the exterior as the sun rises and sets. 

'We reclaimed dying ash trees from the site and milled them down to be used as interior cabinetry, flooring, ceiling panels, trim work, and custom furniture throughout the house. The interiors of the house embody the indigenous landscape that once thrived with old growth ash.' the architects explained. 

The design strategies used for the surrounding areas were closely tied to the design of the house. 

The color pallette includes native vegetation highlights combine with the falling water tones. The garden seating areas, pathways, and steps were created with local stone. 

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