Taking full advantage of a bluff setting overlooking Lake Michigan, the steel and glass main levels of the residence cantilever off the hillside into the tree canopy, unveiling ever changing dynamic views of the lake and coastline. This is perched, paradoxically, atop a concrete base of lower level guest rooms that is embedded into the hillside, enclosing a lush verdant
courtyard from which you enter the home. The slipping upper and lower levels are connected at their midpoint by a sculptural, glass-enclosed spiral stair. The floating glass pavilion of the main level exposes a nimble, bridge-like steel structure of columns and intricate suspension trusses which are the building’s only ornamentation. Interior spaces are sinuous and serene, with a changing but highly choreographed palette of surface materials, giving the effect of levitating in the surrounding landscape.
The home features geothermal wells, green roof and radiant heat throughout. Considering the home is primary exposed glass the architect was conscious to specify a high performing glass. The owners of the home are committed to utilizing only electric vehicles, and the architect provided an electric charging station to fulfill this need. The home is segregated into two zones. One zone, the upper level is fully active and in continuous use while the lower level floor comprised of guest bedrooms and living areas is fully deactivated, providing a savings in energy cost and consumption.
3 total parking spaces
Walking Score: 35
The home is located in a suburban area that is remote from public transportation. The area has abundant landscaping surroundings.
The home features a green roof which aides in the storing of water, preventing it from entering the storm water system.
The materials selected for this home were chosen not only for their beauty but for their performance. Polished concrete and terrazzo are robust and the perfect vehicle to accompany radiant heat. The all natural carpets, drapery and high performance filtration systems help keep the V.O.C. down to a bare minimum and the air pure for our client with allergies.