Though only two hours from Chicago, the five-bedroom contemporary that was created for Lake Michigan in 2005 represents a unique natural world far removed from the city pace. Comfortable, yet at the same time imbued with a luxurious brand of sophistication, it has but one purpose in life: to enjoy the spectacular water views. Open settings capture unending panoramas that flow from one dramatic room to the next. A stone fireplace in the living room, a wood ceiling and wraparound windows in the sunroom, a panoramic dining room, a sleek gourmet kitchen, a main-floor master suite with office wing overlooking the lake—each setting articulates the architect’s mission. Outdoors, the drama reaches a zenith on a lakefront patio warmed by a stone fireplace.