Five of the best houses in Michigan on Dezeen

Lynne M. Centeno

Next up in our series of roundups of houses from each US state we’re looking at Michigan, where residences are designed to make the most of its abundance of shoreline.


Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architects

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architects

A striking, blackened timber roof cantilevers over an outdoor patio for this lake house Desai Chia Architects completed in Michigan’s Leelanau County.

The house is built from materials found on site. Dying ash trees were used for the external cladding, which were then scorched using the traditional Japanese technique called shou sugi ban.

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Camp Minoh by William Kaven

Camp Minoh by William Kaven

Architecture firm William Kaven used heavy board-marked concrete to bolster Camp Minoh against the harsh climate of its sandy, waterfront site. This is paired with timber that has been charred to ensure that it can weather strong winter winds.

A large concrete wall is used to enclose a

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Saez Pedraja adds small studio to a fashion designer’s stucco Santa Monica residence

Lynne M. Centeno

California architect Juan Saez Pedraja has added a studio fronted with aluminium panels and cedar shades to the backyard of a remodelled Santa Monica residence.

Ramar Residence and Studio by Saez Pedraja

Ramar Residence and Studio is located on a hill in the city’s Sunset Park neighbourhood approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres) from the Pacific Ocean.

Saez Pedraja designed the renovation to a 2,150-square-foot (199.7-square-metre) house, which was built in 1958, for a fashion designer. The project included updating the existing structure with new finishes and adding a small studio.

Ramar Residence and Studio by Saez Pedraja

Previously the house was clad with light stucco, which was updated to dark grey. Concrete steps that wrap around one corner of the house were added to replace a wood staircase formerly used to provide access to the main floor.

On the other side of the house, a large stucco balcony with a glass guardrail juts out from the residence.

Ramar Residence and Studio by Saez Pedraja

The fashion-design studio is nestled in the

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Aric Chen and Thomas Thwaites feature in The World Around symposium

Lynne M. Centeno

Curator Aric Chen and designer Thomas Thwaites discuss their work in the second part of our Virtual Design Festival collaboration with The World Around, which also features short films by Kalyanee Mam and Apichatpong Weerasthakul.

The World Around’s Earth Day 2020 symposium, which we are broadcasting today as part of Virtual Design Festival, features talks, presentations, films and essays by over twenty visionaries at the forefront of ecological design.

The second session starts with a conversation between Malika Leiper and filmmaker Mam, who will screen her short film Lost World. Set in Cambodia, it tells the story of land being sold and exported from under her feet.

Still from Lost World film by Kalyanee Mam
Kalyanee Mam screens her short film Lost World

This is followed by a conversation between Mariana Pestana, curator of the 2020 Istanbul Design Biennial, and Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti of Rotterdam-based Studio Ossidiana, who will discuss their work

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“It’s hard to yearn for a return to pre-pandemic normal” says Design Earth

Lynne M. Centeno

El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn of collaborative architecture practice Design Earth discuss how to engage with the climate emergency in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in this interview with architecture writer Carson Chan, which forms part of our Virtual Design Festival collaboration with The World Around for Earth Day.

The World Around’s Earth Day 2020 symposium, which we are broadcasting today as part of Virtual Design Festival, features talks, presentations, films and essays by over twenty visionaries at the forefront of ecological design.

In this interview, writer and curator Chan talks to architects Jazairy and Ghosn about their work as Design Earth, a research office they run from Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

The conversation covers the duo’s work and methodology, their vision for a form of architecture that does not involve building buildings, and the role architects have to play in helping to

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