Riverside Residence

Saugatuck, Michigan
Location
  • Saugatuck, Michigan
  • Year
  • 2011
  • Square Feet
  • 4200
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This project page was created by community member Wilkens Design Studio

    Located along the Kalamazoo River, this project is a major reconstruction and addition to an existing non-conforming home. The non-conformity was a key factor in maintaining this home’s proximity and close access to the River. Analyzing the immediate site and contiguous sites (protected land, pond, river, and privately-owned meadow) yielded a solution that refocussed views to 4 primary site features. The new home is also a coalescing of construction activity on this site which began over a hundred years ago when a summer fishing cabin was built in the early 1900’s. Each modification over the years has occurred to meet the needs of the owners’ family growth, much in the tradition of early home building. Being creative entrepreneurs (a former Herman Miller executive and an owner of a highly regarded regional arts and craft store called Good Goods), it only seemed natural to evolve what became known as “the prototype.” The prototype became the footprint upon which we redesigned the home - taking cues from the original, but maximizing access and connection to the outdoors and views. The 5-level home contains materials salvaged from the original: interior cedar panels and 2 mature oak trees as variable width oak flooring and stairs. Given the home’s location along a high-banked river, we were able to capitalize on very efficient seasonal and hourly natural ventilation patterns. The home’s angular forms and interior volumes are designed to promote the best air capture and flow.c

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    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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