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A new house designed by architecture firm Gluck+ attempts to brings the laid-back, sun-drenched West Coast lifestyle to a tranquil Midwestern lake.

Named “House to the Beach,” the property is suited for a large family of seven and is situated on a stretch of private beach on the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago. It brings a much needed zap of life to an area which has sat empty for over 10 years.

When entering the house from street level – the property’s second floor – visitors are met with the main stairwell and the home’s family room and media lounge, both located adjacent to the children’s bedrooms. When downstairs, the visitor travels through the library and towards the home’s spacious open areas that face directly onto the beach.

Outside meanwhile, the clean and minimal façade was designed to be a backdrop to the neighboring trees planted in the parking forecourt. Black stained cypress wood appears along the home’s bottom, creating the illusion that the upper levels float. Check out the home above.

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