Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Burkhardt Cottage

Burkhardt Cottage

Bridgman, Michigan

1995

This weekend retreat overlooks a wooded valley in the dunes on Lake Michigan’s shore to harmonize with the natural environment. Set at an intermediate level against a steeply sloped dune forest, the house is outfitted with a boardwalk leading up the front door. The boardwalk’s axis to the entry implies that it continues through the house to the porch on the other side. The entire structure acts as a viewing platform made of simple forms and natural materials that minimize the home’s intrusion on the environment.

Project Type

Residence

SIZE

1,825 square feet

CONTRACTOR

Gray Carlson Construction

PUBLICATIONS

Barreneche, Raul A. Brininstool + Lynch, Building on Modernism. New York: Edizioni Press, 2002.
Ojeda, Oscar Riera. The Best of American Houses. Buenos Aires: Kliczkowski, 2001, 76–91.
Ojeda, Oscar Riera. Brininstool + Lynch. Buenos Aires: Casas Internacional, 2000.
Asensio, Paco. Mountain Houses. Barcelona: Loft Publications, 2000, 152–157.
Hensler, Kate. “Private Residence,” Interiors, December 1997, 64–63.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jamie Padgett, Karant & Associates