New Buffalo, Michigan
Distinguished Building Award, from the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter
Situated on a small wedge shaped lot near southern Michigan’s lake shore, traditional agrarian imagery of European origin eloquently communicates the man-nature relationship desired of this year-round second home. Formalism expressed through simplistic functionality of plan, is in melodious concert with its voluminous light-filled casual space. Long sides facing north and south, the 18’ x 70’ configuration allows all spaces to take advantage of views. Inside, the house is an informal succession of spaces linked by a perimeter of French doors and blue stone flooring. The living area fills a 2-1/2 volume interrupted by a truss bridge that connects sleeping areas above. The exterior materials of champagne colored plaster, white trim, and cedar shutters (to age gray) combine to evoke comfortable villa imagery.