This Modern Sculptural Lake House Sinks Into The Land
Lakefront living offers the best of both worlds, gorgeous vistas and water views in a world where peace and tranquility reign supreme. With easy access to swimming, fishing, boating and other fun activities you can dive into right from your lake house shore or dock, living in a lake house feels like being on vacation every day of the year.
If you don’t own a lake home yet but dream someday of living on a lake, here’s something that might inspire you: Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design created a modern sculptural lake house in Westerns, Massachusetts that is intimately embedded in the landscape.
The 1,650 square feet (153 square meters) home was designed to serve as a country retreat for a Manhattan-based fashion executive and musician. Trying to “maintain a dualistic relationship with the lake against which it is nestled”, Taylor and Miller designed the sculptural two-story dwelling as an abstract composition of volumes and forms.
Seen from the street, the Lake House appears sculptural and abstract, while from the lake side it opens up to focus on the view. There are no doors or windows at the entrance from the road, a calculated decision by the design team to avoid a structure that would read as man-made against the natural landscape.
On the opposite side of the abstract front elevation, the home opens up and presents an entirely different viewing experience. “Like a flower leaning [towards the] sunlight, the architectural volumes pull and open up towards the views of the lake,” says Miller. A stacked timber retaining wall serves both structural and aesthetic functions – in addition to holding back the earth the home has been buried into, it visually defines the its perimeter.
On the exterior, the upper portion of the house consists of three, white volumes of varying heights. The largest volume, which is rectilinear, contains a master bedroom.
On the lower level, the architects surrounded windows and other openings with large, white frames that protrude from the building envelope. The lower level contains two bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, foyer and garage.
In terms of interior decoration, the designer’s philosophy was that “every material and spatial decision we make in one space affects the entire home”. As they further explain: “In the case of the spaces oriented horizontally, they are characterized by neutral tone and materiality. In the case of the spaces oriented vertically, they are characterized by their view of the sky through a skylight aperture and intense changes in material.”
In stark contrast to the neighboring homes, Taylor and Miller’s creation embraces an abstract aesthetic, directing focus toward the lake instead of the architecture. Check it out.
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