To design a vacation home that takes advantage of panoramic views of the Lake and surrounding forest. The program included a contextual, yet modern residence with enough living and sleeping space to accommodate a large extended family on weekend getaways. This vacation home is located on a wooded lakefront site set in a traditional subdivision. To the immediate west is a neighboring home, and to the east, an untouched nature reserve. Its southern face fronts the lake and a private boat dock, and to the north, a driveway accesses a public subdivision street. To maximize the panoramic views, the 4,829 SF residence is partially embedded into the steeply sloping site which reduces the home’s visual impact from the street. The entry pathway that leads visitors through the site and into the home splits the main volume of the structure into distinct public and private zones, resulting in a dramatic framed view of the lake upon entry. These two wood and glass volumes rest atop a stone base which extends up the north elevation to provide privacy from the street. The low sloped roof of the public zone directs toward views of the forest, while the private zone opens toward the water. Warm, rustic materials speak to the wooded nature reserve and surrounding natural landscape, while clean lines and minimal interiors express the client’s affinity for modern design.
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