Walloon Lake House: Michigan Residence

Walloon Lake House, Michigan Residential Development, American Residence, USA Architecture

Walloon Lake House, Michigan

American Residential Property – design by DUDZIK Studios

May 23 + 22, 2013

Walloon Lake Property

Design: DUDZIK Studios

Location: Michigan, USA

Walloon Lake House Michigan

Leading innovate design firm DUDZIK Studios recently completed The Walloon Lake House. It is situated on, and named after, the beautiful azure blue lake in northwestern Michigan that Ernest Hemingway frequently summered on. It is a 3,800 square foot cottage that completely re-envisioned a small 1960’s structure. The original home, a beloved family nexus, was honored through the extensive use of quarter swan douglas fir, intimate proportioning of private spaces, and a conscientious connection to the landscape.

Walloon Lake House Michigan residence
photos : DUDZIK Studios

Diagrammatically the home is one elongated and one vertical fir box sitting atop a stone plinth. Textured natural materials and the complexities of internal spaces warm the crispness of this diagram. Architecturally the structure references vernacular materiality and combines this with a crispness of form. Networked interior spaces were combined, expanded, and rearranged to create fluid transitions.


Douglas Fir walls articulate conditions of the architectural diagram offering reference points to relative conditions of the exterior. Large-scale architectural glass elements create a seamless transition between internal and external spaces. Intimate proportioning of private spaces coupled with transparent walls toward the lake allows the low ceiling height to guide the eye out into the landscape. Interior conditions were conceptualized to continuously related to, frame, or reference the natural environment.

Walloon Lake House Michigan

Only a very small percentage of the original structure was able to remain however the new construction references pervious conditions and works within the constraints of the former cottage. One of which is the fact that the original structure’s finished ceiling to finished floor height, the cavity in which the new residence’s cantilevers needed to be structured, is less than one foot.

Walloon Lake House Michigan

Furnishings and accessories were chosen to create an environment that is simultaneously sophisticated and casual. As the owners brought nearly none of their pervious possessions to the cottage the interior landscapes could be as articulately composed as the exterior architectural volumes. The collected narrative of modern furniture, with avant-garde vintage and historic accessories creates comfort through visual layering. Huzza of Harbor Springs was a primary source for interior accessories. DUDZIK Studios specifically designed custom case goods, including the desk in the office, for the Walloon Lake House. Additional furnishing came from Roche Bobois, Minotti, Flou, and Team Seven. These were combined with significant historic carpets to reference the spirit to the surrounding area that was popularized in Victorian times.

DUDZIK Studios is focused on matters of design; from architectural, interior, graphic, and textile design to photography they couple a keen eye for aesthetics with rigorous research and scholarly intent. They are obsessed with authenticity, integrity, and reason, through which they find meaning, beauty, and soulfulness.

Walloon Lake House Michigan

DUDZIK Studio’s believes “language and its subsequent architectural translation must pronounce a sophisticated sense of balance that celebrates design’s ability to provoke and incite, to stimulate fruitful, direct and complex dialog, yielding work that simultaneously confronts and connects. Our role is to analyze, articulate and present knowledge. This ability to simplify and express is key in today’s complex landscape. With the unfettered flow of information, goods, and ideas across every conceivable border and the resulting formation of a truly global culture, our social structures are inevitably becoming more complex. Amidst an assault of facts and figures, the problematic combination of innovation and tradition; the liberating at times chaotic affect of ever-evolving electronic media; We are participating in design’s next big challenge: to create on an environmentally and socially sustainable platform without sacrificing the richness of a highly networked world.”

Walloon Lake House – Building Information

Project: Walloon Lake House
Architecture: DUDZIK Studios
Location: Walloon Lake, MI
Interior Design: DUDZIK Studios
Customized Furniture: Matthew Dudzik
Contractor: Kane Construction

Walloon Lake House images received from DUDZIK Studios

Visit DUDZIK Studios at www.dudzikstudios.com

Location:Walloon Lake, MI, USA

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