MACKINAW
Architecture
Lake Michigan & Lake Huron
2013-Construction Begins

The Ice-Breaker House is located at the intersection of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron at the Northern most point of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, where the Saint Lawrence Seaway passes under the Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the US.  The land is bounded by views of the seaway and bridge to the north, and dense evergreen and birch woodland on other sides.

The design of the house studies the use of two intersecting rectangular volumes, one volume for private programs of sleeping and bathing, the other for communal programs of eating and lounging, to shape internal and external relationships of spaces, sequences of movement, and changing views of the landscape.


Rendered image courtesy of Philip Chaney.