Laketown Residence

Saugatuck, Michigan
Location
  • Saugatuck, Michigan
  • Year
  • 2010
  • Square Feet
  • 3000
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This project page was created by community member Wilkens Design Studio

    This home is designed for a couple as a weekend retreat. Located on a wooded 3.5 acre parcel with mature trees, only 4 scrub or dying trees were removed for the siting of this efficient home. The Owner provided Wilkens Design Studio with a basic program and a list of 10 words from which to gain inspiration for the design. Several site walks, consultation with an Arborist, a magnificent specimen oak tree, and an established deer trail provided the necessary cues for the location of the home. We utilized a Japanese “ken” organizational system of roughly 3' x 3' squares to design the house. Factoring in the selection of key views, the interior spaces were developed in-sync with desirable aspects of the natural surroundings site and privacy. The Owners contemporary sensibilities required that house and interior represent a strong contrast to the natural surroundings. Materials were selected for their durability and efficiency. Rooms and their functions were located to maximize the enjoyment of the daily path of the sun. Functions such as covered decks are located with a proximity to tree canopies and desirable orientation, and a roof deck is located with attention to quiet evenings contemplating the stars and growing herbs away from curious deer.

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    Wilkens Design Studio
    @nicolaaswilkens
    Wilkens Design Studio is an architectural firm offering full-scope design solutions for the development of new, adaptive reuse, and renovation projects. Working collaboratively with a range of clients, project types and locations, we approach each project with an eye to individual needs and desires by putting those at the heart of the solution. Encouraging a dialogue with clients through all aspects of a project fosters a collaborative spirit, and allows each solution to be unique and free from preconceived stylistic conventions and at the end, enhance the lives of those who are using it. Wilkens Design Studio's expertise spans across commercial, historical renovations, adaptive re-use, hospitality, and museum projects plus a range of residential project types- from the very economical and functional itinerant (WOOFer) housing to full-scope custom high-end single-family homes and interiors.
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