Alaskan home plan wins big for Baker College grad from Grand Blanc

By Sarah Schuch |

“A design for an Alaskan house made of wood, stone, a vegetated roof and walls that resembles bark have earned a Baker College grad first place in an online architecture contest.

Joshua Steere, 25, of Grand Blanc said he thought about how the sun would shine through the house during different times of the day throughout the 10 week design process.

Going up against 18 other architects from around the world, Steere’s design for the 2,500-square-foot energy efficient home won him $1,200 and a chance for his ideas to become reality one day.

“(The purpose was) to have a house that was open and yet compact that offered dramatic views to the nature outside and to use natural material as opposed to manmade materials. … So that’s what I gave them,” Steere said. “I was pretty excited about (winning). It was something that I worked on for a very long time.”

The contest was held through Arcbazar, an online architectural design company based in Boston. A client posts what they are looking for and then architects enter the contest to see if their design wins. … ”

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