Completed by Desai Chia Architecture. Michigan Lake House is a modern villa perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Architect: Desai Chia Architecture
Location: Leelanau County, MI, USA
Year: 2016
Area: 4,800 SF
Photography: Paul Warchol

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

From the architects: This home designed in collaboration with Environment Architects (AOR) of Traverse City, MI, 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.

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

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.

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

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 by Desai Chia Architecture

We 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 by Desai Chia Architecture

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 by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

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Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture

Completed by Desai Chia Architecture. Michigan Lake House is a modern villa perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan

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