The Orchards – a dream home able to captivate the attention of any onlooker at one glance. The architecture is clad with white corrugated metal accentuated with raincoat yellow low e-glass windows. This modern home stands royally on a 7,800 square feet area yet definitions of country home oozes out of its every pore. A Chicago family hired Tigerman McCurry to design this modern architecture and implement the design that will complement the primary house floor plans.
The family of five delegated Tigerman McCurry to carry on the project in the rural area of Southwestern Michigan which is a 30-acre former truck farm site. The inspiration of the layout and design has been taken from the whitewashed Midwestern vernacular part of the region particularly those that have been built on gable roofed barns, slatted corn cribs and conical silos. The initial concept developed into the wonderfully designed interiors without compromising on its external relationship.
Its external relationship has been demonstrated by becoming an eco-friendly architecture which made use of a geothermal field as well as the ground water to heat and cool the house. In addition, the sun screens shielded the interior design from the harmful rays of the sun. The entire landscape is thriving by planting with indigenous fruit orchards and the vegetable patch. This is where the architecture has taken its name from – The Orchards.
The garden contains native grasses and perennials where the Bertoia sculpture was placed on axis connecting the remodeled cottage to the new house which served as quarters for guests.
The family and owner of this inspirational layout desired for a warm, interactive and practical interior which Tigerman McCurry has accomplished. In addition to this, they wanted their architecture to be ecologically responsible hence the exterior relationship and elaborated details. The rooms on the first level are clad in quartered American white oak and are interconnected.
The floors are finished with limestone floors that repel dirt while functioning as conductor for radiant heat. The bathroom design demonstrates sustainability. Located above the two-story cross axial atrium is the skylight that floods the dining table with yielding diffused light.
The bedrooms on the second level are carpeted in sea grass with balcony which shares the source of light that surrounds the great kitchen below. It evokes the feeling of serenity especially for adults and a great treat for children as it provides sport lofts where they can have their fun.
Posted by JackieAzuela at 30 September, 2011