Retreat House in Sawyer, Michigan

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Retreat House in Sawyer, Michigan

Vacation Home Development in USA – design by von Weise Associates

May 24, 2018

Retreat House

Architect: von Weise Associates

Location: Sawyer, Michigan

Retreat House

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

This vacation home in Michigan reclaims an existing farmhouse and barn and reimagines the structures into a new single-family house and adjacent studio for an artistic couple. Much in the same way the different functions of a farm are located in different buildings, the different activities of the retreat – sleeping, cooking, and working – were conceptually placed in separate volumes.

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

These were then pulled together and spatially anchored by the site’s original barn which was refurbished to house the kitchen with an adjacent screened porch. Meanwhile, the original farmhouse was gutted and turned into an artist’s painting studio and sleeping loft.

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

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Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

All portions of the house have a close relationship to the ground, making the landscape a vital part of the program. The orientation of the house creates multiple outdoor living spaces, plus a gardening area. The landscape and the orientation of the structures set up layers of space that move from the public way to privacy of the house. The most private space beyond the house embraces the expansive wooded site on three sides.

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

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Retreat House in Sawyer – Building Information

Completion date: 2016
Architect: von Weise Associates

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

Retreat House in Sawyer Michigan

Photography: Steve Hall

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