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  3. Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House

Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House

  • 14:00 - 16 April, 2017
  • by
  • Translated by Matthew Valletta
Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House
Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House, © Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

© Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua + 7

The Eames are mainly known for their furniture and their house in Pacific Palisades, which they also used as an office. Few people are aware of the Max and Esther De Pree House, a rare venture into residential architecture by the Eames.

© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

The house shares a lot of the qualities of the Case Study Houses, study that took place in California, though one of the project's greatest attributes is that it takes advantage of the local craftsmanship as well as natural light.

© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

The project is situated in a modest neighborhood of small houses in Zeeland, Michigan. Its front facade is composed of two symmetrical structures: garage and a studio that was built later. The covered walkway that acts as a balcony leads to the main body of the approximately 185 square meter building. 

© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

For privacy, the lateral gables are lined with natural cedars. The rear area of the house looks to a wooded area where a stream passes. Natural ventilation was also a concern for the project, so windows were inserted to promote cross ventilation.

© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

The ground floor is divided only by a large storage element that covers the whole floor. The furniture hides all the service equipment. The spacious living/dining room has a fireplace. A glassed-in terrace, which was added after the construction was completed, also connects the kitchen with the living room and relates the interior space to the exterior. The upper floor has three decks, two bathrooms, and a sitting area in the center. 

© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

The De Pree family occupied the house until 1975 when it was sold to Bob Rynbrandt. He and his family lived in the house until 2010, when Herman Miller bought the house with plans to restore and preserve it.

© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

Location: Zeeland, Michigan, Estados Unidos
Architect: Charles Eames
Year: 1954

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Cite: Delaqua, Victor. "Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House" 16 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. (Trans. Valletta, Matthew) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/867780/looking-back-on-charles-and-ray-eames-de-pree-house/> ISSN 0719-8884