Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Project: Micham House
Architects: The Collaborative
Location: Sylvania, Ohio, USA
Area: 2,850 sf
Photographs by: Ray Micham

Micham House by The Collaborative

The Collaborative‘s latest project has been the design of their architect’s own home. The Micham House is a 2,850 square foot home designed for a rather large family. It is located in a pristine spot in Sylvania, Ohio, surrounded by a natural landscape, offering sublime views from every part of the home. Additionally, it has got plenty of space for outdoor activities, including a backyard swimming pool.

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

This project is the Architect’s personal home.  Serving a family of 6 children with 4 still at home, a balance needed to be struck between present and future space needs.  The primary form-giver was a desire to capture a panoramic view of the creek will a wall of windows under a deep overhang that would allow passive heating in winter but keep the sun out in summer.  The space organization of the interior allows the primary spaces (living, dining & kitchen) to take advantage of these views.

The organization of the street-facing façade presents an understated entry door in a sheltered recess. A passage to the left allows visitors to come and go to the patio/ pool areas without having to go thru the house. The pool area is raised above surrounding grade so that the retaining wall becomes the safety barrier- thus eliminating the need for a fence that would have otherwise impeded the view to the creek. Weathering steel planter boxes also serve this safety function.

The family’s lifestyle is very active. Indoor & outdoor social activities are persistent year-round. The shading elements, pool and fire table features support usage thru seasonal temperature cycles. The openness thru the window-wall allows activities that can break into groups but still feel connected.

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Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

Micham House by The Collaborative in Ohio, USA

 

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