Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design

Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - WindowsCantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - Table, ChairCantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - Door, Table, Chair, PatioCantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - Stairs, Windows, Forest, GardenCantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - More Images+ 9

Lake Dunmore, United States
  • Architects: Birdseye Design: H. Keith Wagner Partnership
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2600 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Photographs
Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - Table, Chair, Windows
© Westphalen Photography


Create a modern lakeside camp aesthetic while maintaining contextual sensitivity.

Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - Facade
© Westphalen Photography


  • 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

Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design - Waterfront, Garden
© Westphalen Photography


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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Cite: "Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design" 25 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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