Location: Bay Village, OH
Asked to design “the most unique house on the lake in Cleveland,” Schill Architecture was challenged to create a design unlike anything the Northeast Ohio residential market has to offer. The owners desired a home that was reflective of their creative personality and business, with the most cutting-edge features available, both architecturally and technologically. As a result, the lakefront home was constructed out of steel, rather than the traditional lumber, in order to support the dramatic glass façade on the rear of the home. Though this method of construction is more commonly found in commercial buildings rather than single-family homes, the strength of the material allowed for unique design elements, including cantilevers and curved roofs.
Despite the vast amounts of technology that went into the design and construction of the home, the structure remains heavily indebted to the site itself. The strong horizon lake of Lake Erie was the inspiration for the Prairie Style design of the home. The strong horizontality of the structure, combined with the unexpected curves and cantilevers of the design, led to 21st century twist on a popular 20th century style. This modern masterpiece is expected to reach completion in late Fall 2014.