Architect: La Dallman Architects, Inc.
Contractor: Bierman Construction, Inc.
Overlooking Lake Michigan amid groves of Aspen and Black Locust trees, the new home is composed of a series of interior and exterior volumes with indeterminate boundaries. It manifests the family’s desire for a unified domestic landscape in concert with the rhythms of the site. The house is organized along a loose circulation spine stretching the length of the site and stepping between intact native wetlands. It is assembled from thickened storage walls and interlocking one-story pavilions into two primary volumes – the house and the garage-workshop. With terraced floor and ceiling levels, the primary gathering spaces are situated to optimize views of the lake and engage with the site’s topography. While significantly smaller than its neighbors, the open plan of the house expands its domain, connecting to views of the forested site while protecting privacy. Constructed of cast-in-place concrete and timber cladding, the exterior skin is modulated by a series of carefully positioned windows and doors to maximize light, view and ventilation. Openings are sliced into concrete walls, emphasizing their depth, with the shifting timber panels. Skylights are positioned to augment daylight. Stone and wood terraces extend the internal landscape outward. Walls define spatial territories, ranging from public to private.
Jury Comment: “This house is quietly elegant. The thoughtful relationship between exterior and interior and the sequencing of specific views give definition to the different spaces in the house. They relate to the scale and intimacy of the private and public areas. The use of the polished and raw concrete shows a sensitivity to different ways that a material can impact the materiality of a space.”
Photos: Kevin Miyazaki