Set at the edge of a deep ravine along Lake Michigan, this modern home embraces the beauty and drama of the surrounding landscape. The owners were looking to create a home that would capture views of the site’s tree canopy and the lake beyond, while also meeting the needs of their active young family.
Because the front of the home faces the street, the architects designed an intermittent pattern of carefully composed slot windows within a limestone-paneled wall to create both a sense of privacy and sculptural patterning for the façade. This composition of slots which mimics the patterning of the trees, extends beyond the home to a site wall, giving the illusion of a light and open facade.
The façade’s solidity eventually erodes away as it reaches the ravine where the design features an all glass second story. The back-façade also angles slightly to allow for lake views from each of the second floor bedrooms. The slot window pattern on the front façade that provided only a hint of what was beyond on the front of the home, now opens to an expansive framed view of the ravine.
The home’s floor plan addresses the dichotomy between the forest and street view. To maximize the ravine views and provide privacy where needed on the front façade, circulation was placed on the street side. This planning allowing the homeowner privacy with peek-a-boo moments of light and views and a tree house-like vista from the living spaces.
Robbins Architecture, Inc.