Design Awards Announced

Preserve the Dunes is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011-12 Critical Dunes Residential Design Awards that recognize excellence in the design of single family homes in the critical dune area of Michigan and that also made the most of their setting in the dunes while minimizing environmental impact.

A very brief description and a photograph of the three projects receiving recognition are given below.

  • The name of the project links to a page describing some of the project’s notable qualities.
  • The name of the architectural firm links to its website.
  • And clicking on the photo will take you to the submission including photographs, plans, sections, elevations and a written description.

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    Lake House in the Woods


    Honor Award: Lake House in the Woods, Covert
    Davis Associates Architects & Consultants, Inc., Chicago, IL

    This home illustrates significant dune preserving strategies while making the most of its site. The site is on Lake Michigan in a wooded critical dune area. The primary design objectives were to step lightly on the site, to preserve and honor the natural setting and to enable the owners’ and their guests’ enjoyment of the natural beauty of the place.



    Laketown Residence

    Honorable Mention:
    Laketown Residence, Holland
    Allegretti Architects, Inc. St. Joseph, MI

    This 2.4-acre, west-facing dune offered an approximately 1,300-square-foot buildable area with a slope under one-foot in three. Access from the parking area is made via a curving stair that floats above the undisturbed site. At 809 square-feet, this entry had the smallest foot print of all submittals.


    Beachfront Retreat


    Commendable Aspects:
    Beachfront Retreat, Covert
    Booth Hansen, Chicago, IL

    While elements that the jury expressed as important included moderating the view of dune homes from the beach, the panel appreciated this entry’s modestly sized, graceful and compact design and its preservation of existing trees.


    Michigan BLUE was the media partner in this awards program and the winning entries are featured in the Summer 2012 issue.


    Financial assistance for this project was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Management Program, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.

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