‘the smart stell’ residence by tonic design
conceived by american tonic design, the ‘smart stell residence’ addresses two key site relationships: the existing neighborhood
and its contextual scale, and the landscape of the lake. from the street, the new one-story house’s form is low, quiet, and horizontal,
with the only real opening towards the street at the main entrance porch. because this house would be a dramatic departure from
the typical houses in the neighborhood, the site is deeply embedded into the property. opening up to its surroundings at the back,
the 2400sq ft home provides constant views of the water and surrounding natural environment. this approach maximizes the interior
connection to the outdoors without sacrificing the clients’ privacy.
programmatically, the house features: an entrance foyer; an open living/dining/kitchen space suitable for entertaining, especially
with access to the deck from this space; a master bedroom suite with two separate bathrooms and walk-in closets; two generous
office and guest rooms with an additional bath; and a two-car garage. square concrete steps lead from the driveway to the front porch,
with a wooden deck spanning the lakefront elevation.
lakefront elevation at night
living space/outdoor deck
maximizing views, minimizing heat gain
875% increase in lakefront views