A new single family residence sits along the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Wilmette, IL. The house is conceived of in three levels. The base is a solid mass that forms a plinth and grounds the house on the site. The first floor, containing the more “public” functions, is transparent and conceived of in lighter materials. The private spaces are housed in a wooden volume and elevated above the first floor. All three levels open up towards the lake, and appear more subdued and private from the street.