The vernacular of the locale consists of industrial and agrarian buildings. Those styles would easily allow for a design that seemed as if it were added to over time, with distinctly different roof and room shapes, depending on their function.
The building materials played a large role in creating an industrial feel for the house, consisting of wood and steel trusses, concrete, and galvanized steel. The metal reinforces the idea that this is the type of building one would have historically found on this site. Typically, additions to a building occur after a large span of time, during which products and product styles would change with the years. To achieve that look, the building is designed with two different windows - black aluminum and clear anodized aluminum.
The interior furnishings consist of mostly contemporary items to complement the house, providing a contrast to the owner's existing antiques that bring history to all the rooms. The home was completed in 2013 and stands as a seamless transition between the old and the new.
A client, for whom we had designed a country home on Lake Michigan, desired a pavilion in the woods, away from the winds and sounds of the lake. They wished for a space that allowed for more meditative experiences - painting, weaving, reading, musing and contemplating nature. The site is within a critical dune area and cannot impact the dune slopes greater than 25%, therefore, the pavilion sits atop heavy timber piers to allow for the natural drainage from the surrounding slopes to remain unimpeded and to span across a small ravine. A stone wrapped lower level anchors the pavilion on one side.
The desire for stillness, blending, and simplicity led to the use of wood as the material throughout. It was to blend into the environment, a silent partner in the woods. The exterior is clad in Western Red Cedar and the interior is completely finished maple. The experience is of a modern-day log cabin - rough-sawn texture siding stained in a bark-like color on the outside and horizontal smooth, blond-toned natural wood enveloping the interior. Sliding barn doors secure the pavilion when not in use.
The pavilion is composed of an Upper and Lower Studio and Meditation space on the main floor and a small kitchenette, sauna and bathroom built partially into the ground below. The studios are efficiently heated by two wood-burning stoves and the lower level is heated by a radiant-heated floor. There is no air-condition system, as the sliding doors, operable transom windows, ceiling fans and sky-window, move lake breezes throughout the pavilion.