Located on a hill in rural southwest Michigan and overlooking an emerging hardwood forest to the south and a mature evergreen forest to the north, this house’s white frame and strict geometry makes a Mondrianesque contrast with its setting. The house is a perfect 42 foot cube whose form and space were generated as a three dimensional evocation of Mies’ Farnsworth House. The house revolves vertically and horizontally around a stair, with living areas and bedrooms on staggered levels, culminating in a roof deck with 360 degree views.

The staggered exterior elevations faithfully express the interior’s complex plan. The heavy timber structure is painted white, with clear glass, glass block, and white clapboard siding infill.

Completed: 1992
Architect: Lohan Associates

Devon House, Ada, Michigan