Located in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the building sits on 3 acres of property overlooking Lake Michigan.
The owner who is a writer and involved in the religious community wanted a home that, in addition to being a 2nd home sought a place to write, and a building that could be used as a religious retreat.
So the building began with a passage from the bible;
“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen then he said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
the intention was to embed this idea into this building through the symbols of the Ouroboros and the Ichthys the Ouroboros symbol- the serpent eating its own tail, is used to represent the ideas of; Eternal Unity, Rebirth Renewal. The Ichthys symbol is used to represent the pursuit of spiritual growth.
The intertwined symbols provide a shell whose walls are opaque on the entry side, but transparent in meaning and on the lake (working) side the walls are transparent and the meaning is opaque.
Energy Reduction Strategies
The building includes a high-performance, tight, and efficient thermal envelope, with its continuous interior and exterior insulation. Enclosure assembly R-Values are typically 30% higher than building code requirements.
Geothermal heat pumps provide heating, cooling, and domestic hot water.
Geothermal heat-pumps provide in-slab radiant heating and drive liquid to air heat exchangers for cooling.
In conjunction with the geothermal heating and cooling system, cooling is provided by continuous fresh air ventilation, and numerous operable windows provide for cross-ventilation and fresh air.
High-performance glass was used throughout not only to direct views and take advantage of daylighting, but also to filter and control solar energy, light, and glare.
Energy star appliances and low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout further enhance energy and water savings.
A majority of the surrounding landscape was restored to native plants and dune grass.
the actual EUI is under investigation
the residence is located adjacent the lakeshore bike and walking path
100% roof run-off is collected on site. This water is either reused for watering of the landscape or returned to the lake by drain tile.
FSC Certified ipe wood siding and decking was used throughout. The stone cladding that was used is made of stone remnants assembled into panels with VOC free and ISO compliant adhesive.