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Higgins Lake House / Jeff Jordan Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 September, 2011
Higgins Lake House / Jeff Jordan Architects
Higgins Lake House / Jeff Jordan Architects, © Jeff Garland Photography
© Jeff Garland Photography

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From the architect. Many families in Michigan share a tradition of spending weekends and vacations in cottages adjacent to the state’s collection of lakes. Higgins Lake is considered one of the most spectacular of the inland lakes and the empty-nester’s who commissioned this cottage wanted to be able to share this resource with their large family and many friends. In order to do so, they requested a large gathering area for cooking, eating and relaxing and space to sleep twenty adults.

© Jeff Garland Photography
© Jeff Garland Photography

Given the relatively large size of the cottage compared to the neighboring houses, the central challenge of this project is fitting a large building onto a narrow site without overwhelming the neighbors, but still taking advantage of the views. Our solution locates the house in the center of the site and breaks the overall volume of the building down into four smaller volumes to better incorporate it into the surroundings.

Main Plan
Main Plan

Additionally, this strategy brings substantial amounts of light and air into every room of the house while allowing for views out to the lake and surrounding forest. The living quarters and master suite are located above grade while the remaining bedrooms are partially buried to further diminish the apparent size of the house. The living quarters have a large expanse of glass facing the lake and additional glazing along the south side of the house to take advantage of passive heating in the winter. A large deck on the lake side of the house provides views while extending living space in the warmer months.

© Jeff Garland Photography
© Jeff Garland Photography
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Ginny · June 22, 2012

Jeff at Albany airport?

Kevin sutanto · February 02, 2012
AmticoGermany · October 06, 2011

Wir würden gerne einziehen im Higgins Lake House von den Jeff Jordan Architects! (via ArchDaily) http://t.co/eSqhueyt

Amtico Int. Eur · October 06, 2011

We&#39d love to live in the Higgins Lake House by Jeff Jordan Architects! Fabulous use of wood and glass (via ArchDaily) http://t.co/QmdIPBy2

Amtico Int. Eur · October 06, 2011

We&#39d love to live in the Higgins Lake House by Jeff Jordan Architects! Fabulous use of wood and glass (via ArchDaily) http://t.co/QmdIPBy2

Amtico Int. France · October 06, 2011

Découvrez la maison du lac Higgins, un mélange de bois et de verre par les architectes Jeff Jordan. (via ArchDaily) http://t.co/870nTn4k

Amtico Int. France · October 06, 2011

Découvrez la maison du lac Higgins, un mélange de bois et de verre par les architectes Jeff Jordan. (via ArchDaily) http://t.co/870nTn4k

Amtico Int Sweden · October 05, 2011

Vi älskar "Higgins Lake House" av Jeff Jordan Architects! Fantastisk kombination av glas och trä (via ArchDaily) http://t.co/JUIE6q83

Amtico Int Sweden · October 05, 2011

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Blanquer · September 28, 2011

Una casa de madera en el lago Higgins #arquitectura #madera http://t.co/RQWZbccT

Juan Antonio Arroyo · September 28, 2011

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Arquitectura · September 28, 2011

RT @LaMusaOnline A toda #madera. Una cálida casa en el Lago Higgins. #arquitectura #USA http://ow.ly/6DLU1: A t... http://t.co/724GAaZV

Amelia Cazorla · September 28, 2011

A toda #madera. Una cálida casa en el Lago Higgins. #arquitectura #USA http://ow.ly/6DLU1

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