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Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design

  • Architects: Birdseye Design
  • Location: Lake Dunmore, Vermont, USA
  • Builder: Birdseye Building Company
  • Landscape Architects: H. Keith Wagner Partnership
  • Area: 2600.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Westphalen Photography

© Westphalen Photography © Westphalen Photography © Westphalen Photography © Westphalen Photography

© Westphalen Photography
© Westphalen Photography

PROBLEM

Create a modern lakeside camp aesthetic while maintaining contextual sensitivity.

© Westphalen Photography
© Westphalen Photography

GOALS

  • Design a contemporary architectural language that pays homage to the traditional lakeside camp
  • Establish a sense of privacy in the closely-spaced lakefront construction, while also opening the communal spaces up to the maximum amount of lakefront
  • Provide a path to the lake with an uninterrupted view of the water
  • Avoid creating a dominant structure by using simple forms and a simple material palette

© Westphalen Photography
© Westphalen Photography

CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION

Recess the structure into the existing hillside to avoid an excessively vertical massing while simultaneously creating a walk-out lower level adjacent to the lake. Private spaces are situated in the buried portion of the residence, allowing the open, communal spaces to flow directly into the shoreline through a large glass façade. Simple, orthogonal forms, shed roofs, and a minimalist material palette serve to lessen the impact of the house on the waterfront landscape.

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