Burkhardt Cottage

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Burkhardt Cottage

Burkhardt Cottage

Bridgman, Michigan


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



1,825 square feet


Gray Carlson Construction


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Jamie Padgett, Karant & Associates