the smart stell residence by tonic design the smart stell residence by tonic design
jan 01, 2013

the smart stell residence by tonic design

‘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



plan, sections 



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  • Great proyect, but renders are not good to me…

    Andy says:
  • “with the only real opening towards the street at the main entrance porch.” Well golly gee, what indeed is that large opening next to it supposed to be? An architectural flat panel billboard! Looks like a garage door (a real opening) to me. Oh sigh, sometimes things are not what they appear to be.

    Lightmaker says:

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