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Frame House With a Large Terrace as a Model of Rationality / Michigan Lake House

Architectural Bureau Desai Chia Architecture, together with Environment Architects, will present an original frame house with a large terrace near Lake Michigan in the USA. The unusual form of the mansion, a broken roof and other atypical architectural solutions are thoughtful ideas for the rationality and energy efficiency of the object.

Frame House with Large Terrace

With all this, the building received a strict design, and harmoniously blended with the local landscape. Outside and inside it uses only natural materials – wood, stone, glass. Due to this, it flows into the natural environment.

Frame House with Large Terrace

rational layout of a frame house with a large terrace

The mansion is designed for a family with three children, therefore, special attention is paid to the delimitation of public and private spaces, the arrangement of social zones.

Frame House with Large Terrace

Architects provided a spacious terrace so that all family members could spend time on it at once. Moreover, some here can play active games, without disturbing others to relax at the table or play sports. For comfort, the terrace is located on the opposite side of private spaces.

Frame House with Large Terrace

Frame house with a large terrace consists of three sections. The largest of them is a kitchen-living room with an attached sitting area on the street. This part of the house is as open as possible. The second building is the master bedroom, and the third accommodates children’s rooms. Such a layout ensures the locality of personal spaces of residents, but at the same time, children are always under control.

Frame House with Large Terrace

The dining area has become a connecting link between the three living spaces – it simultaneously makes them independent and forms a single residential facility for comfortable living of a large family.

Frame House with Large Terrace

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The asymmetric curved roof not only harmoniously fits the frame house with a large terrace into the local landscape, but also creates height differences in the rooms for a comfortable distribution and zoning of the space. Protruding visors and a large canopy above the terrace provide protection from hot sunlight, a comfortable view of the lake, forest, hills.

Frame House with Large Terrace

In addition, the shape of the roof is responsible for collecting rainwater and directing it to the drainage system, minimizing site erosion. Water can be collected and used for household needs, watering plants.

Frame House with Large Terrace

According to the project of a one-story frame house with a large terrace, a geothermal heating system is involved in it, which practically does not consume traditional energy resources. Living spaces and windows are arranged to create natural ventilation – the mansion does not need air conditioning. The building itself is built of wood, providing optimal humidity at any time of the year and in any weather. It turns out that a comfortable microclimate is constantly maintained in the cottage, and for this they practically do not use climatic equipment.

Frame House with Large Terrace

Frame house with a large terrace has become the embodiment of rationality and comfort. Each building element is thought out in terms of utility and efficiency. So the architects managed to achieve the maximum convenience of the mansion in the context of the situation, atmosphere and social interaction of family members.

ArchitectsDesai Chia Architecture
PhotoPaul Warchol