Private Residence

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Mid-century materials and geometries influence the design of this 3.5-acre property that includes an existing Alden Dow house sited on a steep slope overlooking Island Lake. The driveway and motor court sequence is composed to focus attention on the entry door, and views of the lake unfold once one enters the house. The challenging topography is navigated by a system of trails and stairs that connect intimate, meditative spaces such as a labyrinth with more social gathering spaces. Lofty, existing oak and maple trees permit views to the lake wile providing shade and canopy. Privacy is reinforced with shrubs and dense planting that buffers sound and visibility of the road and neighboring properties. A meadow takes advantage of the southern exposure and provides a sunny and expansive experience in what's otherwise a wooded and shaded landscape.