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Michigan Lake House Property

Luxury American Residential Property in Leelanau County design by Desai Chia Architecture, USA

post updated March 16, 2024

Design: Desai Chia Architecture

Location: Leelanau County, Michigan, USA

Michigan Lake House

Michigan Lake House

Photos © Paul Warchol

January 17, 2019

Michigan Lake House Property, Leelanau County

Architects: Desai Chia Architecture
Associate Architects: Environment Architects

Perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this home is an assemblage of three offset structures that play off each other— 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.

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The roof-scape 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.

Michigan Lake House, Leelanau County

The exterior of the house is clad in ‘shou sugi ban,’ a traditional Japanese method of charring wood so it becomes rot resistant and bug resistant. The charred texture and the modulation of deep facade members enhances the shadows across the facade as the sun rises and sets.

Michigan Lake House, Leelanau County

The architects reclaimed dying ash trees from the site and milled them down to be used as interior cabinetry, flooring, ceiling panels, trim work, and custom furniture throughout the house. The interiors of the house embody the indigenous landscape that once thrived with old growth ash.

Michigan Lake House, Leelanau County

Landscape design strategies were closely tied to the design of the house. 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.

Michigan Lake House, Leelanau County

Michigan Lake Residence, USA – Property Information

Architects: Desai Chia Architecture
Associate Architects: Environment Architects
Client: Withheld
General Contractor: Easling Construction
Landscape Architects: Surface Design Inc.

Photographers: Paul Warchol

Location: Leelanau County, MI, USA

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