Three offset structures make up this dynamic home overlooking Lake Michigan in the county of Leelanau in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Designed by New York City-based architecture firm Desai Chia (of this Dutchess County prefab glass house), the 4,800-square-foot modern house features a unique configuration of glass walls, timber volumes, and a cantilevered roof.
The residence’s zones are relegated to each of the three aforementioned structures: one area for “gathering” comprising the living room, kitchen, and covered terrace with outdoor fireplace; and two for the private quarters, with the master suite in one and three children’s rooms in another. A dining breezeway connects all three structures, appearing to “bisect” the kitchen from the master bedroom, and connecting to the other bedrooms on the far end.
But the house isn’t simply rectilinear: Its roof is slightly butterflied on multiple sides (similar to this Hamptons home), mimicking the surrounding landscape. It’s also clad in wood treated in the Japanese method of shou sugi ban, which is accented in sections of weathered steel. The minimalist interiors are also clad in wood, with exposed ceiling beams, hardwood floors, and custom cabinetry made from reclaimed ash trees found on the site. Have a look.