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Inside a spectacular contemporary dwelling on a woodsy Michigan property

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Olson Kundig Architects crafted this remarkable luminous dwelling showcasing contemporary design details, nestled on a densely wooded site in Iron River, Michigan. Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this residence frames and accentuates its natural context, making nature its central focus.

The design reacts to the surrounding environment, merging the indoors with the outdoors while producing composed views into the woods and toward the water. The landscape inspired the material and color palette selection.

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The living, dining, and kitchen were designed as an open layout to create a central gathering space. Custom furnishings were designed as standout features, including the dining and coffee table, and steel wall cabinet, among others. This produces a seamless integration of architecture and interiors. A sculptural staircase showcases a custom chandelier that anchors the intersection of the two main axes.

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Smooth concrete reflects color and light throughout this dwelling. Even during the winter months, the sun-warmed entry creates a comfortable transition between indoors and out. Cedar siding inset with an antique African mask contrasts beautifully with custom door pulls fashioned from bronze and leather.

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What We Love: This striking contemporary dwelling in Michigan offers living spaces that are intimate yet visually connected, ideal for gathering with family and friends. Large windows invite nature inside while bathing the interiors with natural light. The gorgeous woodsy surroundings create a tranquil environment that promotes relaxation, one of our favorite features in this home. Elements of nature and wood accents help to infuse warmth into the contemporary scheme.

Tell Us: What design features in this home most stood out to you and why in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the state of Michigan: Take the ultimate tour of a modern barn-like house in rural Michigan and A modern prairie style home offers a peaceful family retreat in Michigan.

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Josh
15 days ago

The facade reminds me of a Mondrian painting. Would expect nothing less from Olson-K.