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Michigan Lakehouse

  • Designed to dissolve the boundaries that separate inside from out, this lakeside home embraces its natural landscape and reacts to the surrounding environment. Situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a strong focus has been placed on framing the surrounding waterside and woodlands views thanks to the design of architect Jim Olson and his team at Olson Kundig. With consideration for melding the building to the environment in which is sits, the interior colour palette throughout reflects the homes peaceful location and its natural surrounding habitat.

    WORDS Nicole Johnson | PHOTOGRAPHY Ngoc Minh Ngo | DESIGN Olson Kundig

    The finishes chosen for the interior scheme are natural and earthy in tone with timber used throughout to create a warmth that contrast against bold steel window frames and solid concrete walls. The relatively minimalistic interiors rely on custom designed furniture to seamlessly integrate with the architecture, allowing the landscape to feature. Emphasis on views, ceiling heights and room volumes become greater in areas of the home that open towards views, further maximising the presence of the outdoors inside.

    The layout of the house moves dramatically in two directions. From the front door a path is created through to lake views that travel East-West, while the North-South orientation captures the garden and woodlands with full height windows.

    Bedroom quarters include ensuite and walk-in-robes of modern luxury. Rich timber and floor to ceiling cabinetry in the master ensuite brings a feeling of day-spa indulgence to the space, while the main bathroom is modern and fresh with mosaic tiles and chrome accents.

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