Union Pier Residence

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Private House
  • Company/Firm
    Dmac Architecture & Interiors
  • Lead Designer
    Dwayne MacEwen
  • Other Designer(s)
    Kavitha Marudadu
  • Photo Credit
    Anthony Tahlier
  • Location
    Union Pier, MI
  • Project Date
    August 2022
  • Architect
    Dmac Architecture & Interiors
  • Interior Designer
    Dmac Architecture & Interiors

Located on Lake Michigan, this 6,000 square-foot lakehouse is designed for its spectacular views and natural setting. The lakeside facade is nearly all glass with fluid indoor-outdoor space, capturing light from sunrise to sunset. The streetside is clad in wood to mimic the wooded landscape.

The approach to the house is a series of zen moments that quietly crescendo. A wood screen with slats at subtle angles separates the public side from the inner courtyard where the focus turns to a small tree. Behind is a wall of narrow bricks that signal a change of seasons when snow collects on the outcrops. The all-glass entry reveals a breathtaking lake horizon.

Hosting multi generations, the design accommodates modern living. The second floor features a gallery where clerestory windows provide diffuse light for artwork. The third floor, fondly known as the treehouse, captures a large cottonwood tree in full view.

From the outdoor patio, a footpath winds its way to a beach box–an upcycled shipping container clad in wood. The container is set into the hill where it disappears from the view above, and the house similarly is hidden from view in the grasses and trees from the beach below.

DMAC Architecture & Interiors is known for its creative and innovative architecture, interiors, product and furniture design. DMAC artfully merges client vision with user experience by crafting everything from the master plan to custom features that create a sense of place in which discovery and storytelling are embedded in the design ethos. With hospitality at the heart of the practice, DMAC's award-winning work transcends a wide range of scales and typologies including: lifestyle clubs, hotels, casinos, restaurants, spas and luxury residential.

Other prizes
Interior Design |2021 Best of Year Finalist |Hatch Dispensary Shop! Award |2021 Dispensaries |Hatch Dispensary Chicago Building Congress |2019 Merit Award Finalist |Greenwood American Kitchen & Bar Covet International |2018 Hospitality |Hotel at Midtown Frame Award |2018 Health Club of the Year |Midtown Athletic Club Interior Design |2018 Fitness |Midtown Athletic Club Architecture MasterPrize |2018 Hospitality |Midtown Athletic Club AIA Design Excellence |2018 Interior Architecture |Midtown Athletic Club AIA Design Excellence |2018 Divine Detail |Midtown Athletic Club AIA Design Excellence |2013 Interior Architecture |Anthony Cristiano Salon