M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

by , 12/20/13

M-22 House, Michael Fitzhugh Architect, northern michigan, green home, geothermal, hydropower, hydroelectric

M-22 House is located on a tall ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay with views that encourage discovery of the landscape. Inspired by the elements of fire, earth, wind and water, the home comprises a play on nature as well as a way to interact with it. Low maintenance materials like concrete, steel, and composite siding make up the exterior and carefully placed windows let in natural lighting.

Michael Fitzhugh Architect completed the M-22 House in October, 2013. It is partially built into the hillside to take advantage of the earth and hilltop views. The home also incorporates an innovative energy system composed of both geothermal and hydropower. A traditional geothermal system provides energy efficient heating, cooling and domestic hot water with the help of heat pumps and radiant floors. Meanwhile, a hydroelectric power generator uses rainwater, geothermal water and gravity to produce power. A schematic diagram at OneKindDesign gives an overview of the system, which is wired for future solar and wind generators.

+ Michael Fitzhugh Architect

Via Design Milk

Images ©Dietrich Floeter Photography

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  1. Lyla Husk December 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Ugh, this is just plain stupid design that doesn’t consider the location.

    First off, that’s not Northern Michigan, it’s the lower penninsula. Second, all that glass is going to bleed heat like crazy in the winter. It’s going to be cold and miserable when the wind comes off the lake even in the summer. Next, that roof doesn’t have enough pitch to shed snow in a lake effect snow area. If it doesn’t collapse, it’s going to leak like crazy from ice damage. Finally, no screens on the windows? Are you kidding me? In an area that’s overrun with biting insects? The same goes for that patio area which will never be used for the same reasons.

  2. Peerasak Chanchaiwittaya December 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Regarding Buddha head in the meditation room, Buddhists perceive that it is not proper (showing no respect) to put near a floor or low level – FYI.

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