LOCATION: Bloomfield Hills, MI | YEAR: 1995-2001
The house sits on a 2-1/2 acre site between two lakes. The clients wanted a house that would be classic, timeless, contemporary and practical. The architects began by looking at local architecture including Saarinen's Cranbrook as well as Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arts and Crafts movement to see what they could learn and build on. They set out to design the house in a classic and timeless language that would be of Michigan.
The design of the house centers on its relationship to the landscape: the house comes out of the hill it is set into. It is approached on a drive supported by three corten steel retaining walls. The steel walls frame views of the house and landscape. From inside the house, every room has a view to the lakes and landscape.
The design of the interior spaces, finishes and details were intentionally kept subdued and subtle, always emphasizing the strength of the landscape outside and the clients impressive art collection. Interior elements, such as columns, baseboards, vents, doors, and frames were constructed of mahogany. Custom bronze hardware was designed for the main doors. From the interior, people are always present to the exterior landscape, the seasons, and the passing of time. Like a traditional Japanese house, the experience of the house is sublime.
2006 DETROIT HOME AWARDS
2004 DETROIT HOME AWARDS
2002 HOME BOOK DESIGN