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Glen Lake Tower in Michigan by Balance Associates, Architects

 
March 9th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Balance Associates, Architects

High on a wooded hilltop above a lake in Michigan, the Tower House is the result of an inspiring collaboration between Balance Associates, clients with a passion for architecture as well as their site, and a skilled local contractor. Directed to create “a sustainable retreat that reflects the timeless beauty and simple comforts of the area,” the architects responded by raising the primary living space above the dense surrounding woods in order to gain light, air and views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan beyond.

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating 

  • Architects: Balance Associates, Architects
  • Project: Glen Lake Tower
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Photography: Steve Keating Photography
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Site Area: 2.5 acres
  • House Area: 1400 square feet
  • Budget: Withheld at request of home owners
  • Team: Balance Associates, Architects, Tom Lenchek, AIA – principal, Margo Peterson-Aspholm, AIA – project architect, Kyle Zerbey, AIA – architect
  • Structural Engineers: Quantum Consulting Engineers
  • General Contractor: Golden Rule Construction

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Two fin-like, metal-clad walls rise from the crown of the hill to support a 1400 sf three-story plywood box suspended a full story above grade. As intricately detailed steel stairs climb the tower, they move from exterior to interior and from more enclosed to more open spaces, culminating in a breathtaking, glass-wrapped kitchen/living/dining space at the fourth level. Here, thirty feet above the ground, the clients enjoy views of the landscape they love, from either the birch-lined interior or expansive cantilevered decks.

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating

Image Courtesy Balance Associates, Architects

Image Courtesy Balance Associates, Architects

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Categories: House, Residential, Tower

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