Michigan Lake House / Desai Chia Architecture has received the Second Award at International Architecture Awards 2018. International Architecture Awards 2018 is the annual Awards hosted by Architecture Podium. After the consecutive success in hosting IAA, Architecture Podium in its Third year had launched IAA 2018 with even more Categories and Awards.
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Perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this 4,800 square foot home is an assemblage of three offset structures that play off each other. Each volume is clearly a unit unto itself yet nonetheless part of a coherent whole– the ‘gathering’ structure contains the living room, kitchen and a covered ‘vista’ seating terrace; the two ‘sleeping’ structures house the master bedroom suite and three children’s bedrooms. A dining area breezeway connects all three structures.
The roofscape has gentle undulations that follow the movement of the natural terrain and make a playful reference to the vernacular architecture of nearby fishing villages. The resulting rhythm of exposed wood beams provides layers of asymmetrical vaults throughout the interiors. At the southern end of the house, a 20-foot cantilevered roof extends over the ‘vista’ terrace, providing a protected, unobstructed view of Lake Michigan and the surrounding woodlands.
The architectural program of this residence is twofold: to establish a dialogue with the lakefront landscape while at the same time to enhance communication and collaboration within a multi-generational family. We intentionally blurred the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces to enhance one’s experience of the surrounding landscape. We also realized that thoughtful program adjacencies, fluid circulation, and long axial sightlines would encourage family members to communicate and engage in shared activities like cooking, dining, and conversation.
The exterior of the house is clad in cypress ‘shou sugi ban,’ a traditional Japanese method of charring wood so it becomes rot resistant, bug resistant and virtually maintenance free. The charred texture and the modulation of deep facade members enhances the shadows across the facade as the sun rises and sets. The ‘shou sugi ban’ also wraps into the Dining Room breezeway with the same effect.
Due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle in Michigan, we reclaimed over one hundred infested ash trees from the site to be extensively used in the design of the new home. The interior cabinetry, flooring, ceiling panels, trim work, and custom furniture were all milled from the reclaimed trees. In this way, the interior of the house embodies and honors the indigenous landscape that once thrived with old growth ash.
In order to protect the site’s 200′ high bluff from erosion, we integrated the new home’s roof form as part of a storm water management strategy to preserve the fragile precipice. Here, scuppers on the inverted roof collect and divert rainwater, allow for controlled drainage, and assist with erosion control and environmental conservation around the site.
We documented the prevailing winds and strategically located windows to take advantage of natural ventilation; there is no air-conditioning in the home. The house is equipped with geothermal heating to minimize energy consumption (the annual heating bill last year was approximately $125.)
Landscape design strategies were closely tied to the design of the house as well. A tight palette of native vegetation highlights views while also managing storm water run-off. Locally sourced stone creates outdoor seating areas, pathways, and steps.