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Glen Lake Tower / Balance Associates, Architects

  • 01:00 - 28 February, 2013
Glen Lake Tower / Balance Associates, Architects
© Steve Keating
© Steve Keating
  • Location

    Michigan, United States of America
  • Architect in Charge

    Tom Lenchek, AIA
  • Project Architect

    Margo Peterson-Aspholm, Kyle Zerbey
  • Area

    1400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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  • Structural Engineers

    Quantum Consulting Engineers
  • General Contractor

    Golden Rule Construction
© Steve Keating
© Steve Keating

From the architect. 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.

© Steve Keating
© Steve Keating

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. 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.

© Steve Keating
© Steve Keating

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.

Cite: "Glen Lake Tower / Balance Associates, Architects" 28 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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christopher bouey · March 01, 2013

delta shelter?

Eric in Colorado · March 03, 2013 12:34 AM

. . . . on steroids.


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