Octagon House

Shelby Township Michigan


The Pittsburgh House is a simple rectangle to save energy costs with a large addition built later into the side of a small hill.

The exterior is simple wood slats but the interior is where it shines copying the angle of the hill to make for some dramatic level changes and exterior views of four season color and texture.


The owners have some Asian ancestry where the color red is dominant. This is prominently displayed throughout the dwelling. 

I offered a solution considering "yin and yang" whereby two separate ideas exist within the same space, introducing 45º angles that separate spaces and lead the observer to the next space.


No square footage was wasted. When a design opportunity presented itself to add a thin but functional library with an area to read and get away from it all, the owners agreed.  

A stairway separates the living room form kitchen and informal fireplace area.  Light has ample opportunity to bounce around and display the prime red color scheme.


The stair railing extends halfway over the bar area to break up and add interest to a three-dimensional space, taking the viewer closer to the dramatic views nature provides with a full glass wall.


Octagon House  

St Clair Shores Michigan