Architectural Digest Open Audition California's Top Designs
Kevin Akey

The entry of my maintenance-free lakefront home reveals not only a perfect combination of unique materials and proportion, but also the playfulness and openness of the interior. Immediately upon entering the home, a live pond, a two-story waterfall, glass floors, and a two-story glass-illuminated shaft is all evident. The kids especially love greeting guests at the front door by sliding down the firepole just inside the door.

Framing a Masterwork
A virtuoso performance in wood, steel and stone.

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The Stone Matches
Linda and Richard Mueller purchased Castle Farms with visions of majestic restoration and a desire to restore the facility as a historic banquet, exposition and community center.

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Curvaceous
Fluid lines in this kitchen continue serpentine curves that run right through the home.

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traditional Welcome
Contemporary accents enhance the classic exterior of this Cape Cod-style home. Inside, the spaces are warm and inviting.

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Modern Masterpiece
This Ann Arbor mansion is a unique combination of contemporary architecture and natural warmth.

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Natural Wonder
The warm character of this cool, contemporary residence comes straight from Mother Nature.

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Design Fusion
Frank Zychowski and Kevin Akey of AZD Associates, Inc. seem to personify the unrestrained spirit of architectural creativity. The duo's youthful exuberance pervades the company's philosophies, objectives and office atmosphere.

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Natural Harmony
Designed for a couple looking for a home that reflected their love of music and entertaining.

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Air, Light and lots of Water
The dramatic 6,500-sq.-ft. contemporary home sits within 35 ft. of Walnut Lake, with an uncompromising vista of natural beauty.

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The Warmth of Home
Morning sunlight streams into the sunroom through four huge windows, brightening the yellow walls.

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Lakefront Living
This house is meant to be used and enjoyed.

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Amazing Space
From the street, drivers observe a rusted steel barrier. Once inside, guests and visitors experience an awesome, majestic sight.

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Architecture On the Edge
Since establishing their firm in 1990, Kevin Akey and Frank Zychowski, AIA, have inspired many residential and commercial clients to transform their architectural dreams into reality.

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Architect Showcase
Kevin Akey and Frank Zychowski of AZD Associates, Inc. bring nearly 40 years experience to all their residential and commercial projects.

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Living on the Edge
Few status symbols in southeast Michigan can compete with a home on a lake.

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The Dream Team
Kevin Akey and Frank Zychowski are as different as a ranch and a Tudor, but as partners, their vision is the same: To fulfill their clients’ fantasies with an emphasis on open spaces.

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