Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design

Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design

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Houses  · 
Lake Dunmore, United States
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Birdseye Design
  • Landscape Architects Authors of this architecture project text, H. Keith Wagner Partnership,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    2600.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
© Westphalen Photography
© Westphalen Photography


Create a modern lakeside camp aesthetic while maintaining contextual sensitivity.

© Westphalen Photography
© 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

© Westphalen Photography
© 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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