Buchanan, MI / 2011
This private gallery has been designed to accommodate the extensive private political collections of the client. Display millwork and shelving have been designed as the thicker exterior walls that wrap the interior becoming the necessary infrastructure as kitchen, storage and restroom functions. The project has been divided into 2 equal pieces that are separated by the main entrance hinge. This hinge is largely transparent, as are the walls that are pulled apart from the original rectangle. This transparency provides a view back to the main residence on the property and also to a private courtyard that is contained by new fencing and benching volumes and the landscape. This project is designed to come from the landscape and disappear back into the landscape. The 2 privacy fences meet the opposite ends of the building, enclosing the courtyard to the terrain, and opening to the vista. The natural existing landscape has been designed to remain completely in tact and added to where privacy and view framing are desired. The exterior material palette is back burnt cedar siding, and flamed black slate paving that open into the white internal shell of the gallery space. The exterior entrance decks are in cedar boards that are the same wide proportion as in the interior rough sawn white oak flooring. The flat roof connecting the two hip roofs transitions into a trellis over each entrance way. A beam extends to provide a place to hang a bell.