Inspired by the tradition of Adirondack Great Camps, this modern family retreat is an escape nestled into a heavily wooded lakefront property in Upstate New York. Like these early examples, the residential and recreational program is distributed among a series of buildings located across the site to promote engagement with the landscape. The requisite bulk of a large program is set into the sloping landscape, providing a play of levels and terraces that diminish the built presence and enhance the experience of the lakeside site. These “non-buildings” are buried to integrate them into the landscape, with every interior level opening to the ground plane to encourage interaction between indoor and outdoor living. Full-height glass panels slide back in bedrooms to become sleeping porches, while sunken courtyards become outdoor living rooms.
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