Coffou Cottage

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Coffou Cottage

Coffou Cottage

Michigan City, Indiana


The design of Northwest Indiana’s Coffou Cottage nurtures its relationship to the surrounding setting of protected meadows and forest, while passively reducing its environmental impact. A red cedar rain screen and operable glass wrap the open interior, while allowing for winter solar gain and natural summer ventilation. At the heart of the home is a large fireplace complete with built-in inglenook for the brutal Midwest winter nights.

Project Type



2,800 square feet


Mulcahy Builders


C.E. Anderson & Associates, Structural


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


Lynch, Brad, David Brininstool, and Reed Kroloff. Brininstool Lynch: Making Architecture. New York: The Monacelli Press, 2019.
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.


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