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New Buffalo 1

Located in southwestern Michigan, this two-story family retreat was conceived of as a series of prismatic volumes recalling traditional archetypes. The volumes are configured on the site to create distinct surrounding outdoor spaces. Connections between the volumes are purposefully discreet, promoting the perception of independent buildings in the landscape.

Interiors are intentionally casual – concrete floors, pickled wood ceilings, painted millwork – reflecting the main purpose of the retreat home. Children’s notions of play and adventure are satisfied with sleeping lofts, secret bedrooms and a “treehouse” atop a freestanding two-story outbuilding that anchors the corner of the formal lawn. The outbuilding also functions as pool storage, potting shed and lantern; glowing in the evening landscape.

construction – Great Lakes builders
photography – Christopher barrett / Hedrich blessing; Bruce Van Inwegen