Coffou Cottage

Coffou Cottage

Michigan City, Indiana

2008

Coffou Cottage is situated on a two-acre parcel surrounded by protected meadows and forest in the northwestern corner of Indiana. The modern design of the 2,800-square-foot vacation house fuses with its rural environment. This cottage was designed with a simple structural system − a horizontal red cedar rain screen on the north and a wall of operable glass on the south. The open plan intensifies views to the south while also maximizing solar gain in the winter. A fireplace positioned in the front hallway divides the bedrooms from the living area, and a custom sofa set into the wall across from it creates a traditional fireplace inglenook. Red cedar establishes a material warmth and visual interest on the exterior. A board and batten-like pattern form an open screen, and tongue-and-groove siding establishes the solid form of the adjacent volume.

Project Type

Residence

SIZE

2,800 square feet

CONTRACTOR

Mulcahy Builders

CONSULTANTS

C.E. Anderson & Associates, Structural

AWARDS

2010 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Citation of Merit
2010 Residential Architect Design Award – Custom House
2009 Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design – American Architecture Award
2008 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Award – Honor Award

PUBLICATIONS

Bazer, Gina. “Modern House on the Prairie.” Chicago Magazine, May/June 2009.
Keegan, Edward. “Woodland Features.”  Azure, January/February 2009.
Wunderlich, Shaila. “A Modern Love Story.” Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2009.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing