This Modern Refuge Celebrates Stunning Lake Michigan Views

This spectacular modern refuge was designed by dSPACE Studio, perched on Lake Michigan in New Buffalo, Southwest Michigan.

This home was designed as a weekend sanctuary that evokes a luxurious St. Barths lifestyle on Lake Michigan, just an hour’s drive from their primary residence in Chicago.

Program requirements included open-plan living for entertaining, expansive panes of glass, a home gym, a family lounge, and enough bedrooms for their two children and weekend guests.

The defining element is a glass rectangular volume on the first level. This design lightens the impact on the land by making the second level appear to hover over the dune and offering unobstructed horizon views.

The upper level is clad in Accoya, a sustainable wood that grays with age, so it will blend into the environment.

On the leeward side of the home, a courtyard landscaped with Ginkgo trees offers shade and refuge from prevailing lake breezes. It is defined by a low wall of textured concrete that offers an artful backdrop to the space.

The island lifestyle of St. Barts inspired the design of this incredible lake house. The design effortlessly blurs the boundary between indoors and out.

This contemporary beach house has a restrained material palette. The tile extends out to the pool terrace, uniting the two spaces and amplifying the connection to the outdoors.

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