Window on the Lake Cottage in Saint-Élie-de-Caxton by YH2

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                                Right on the shores of Lac Plaisant in the village of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, the <a href="https://www.yh2architecture.com/projects/window-on-the-lake"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Window on the Lake</a> house rests on the same land as an old family cottage. Design by <a href="https://www.yh2architecture.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">YH2</a>, the minimalist abode features wood construction both outside and in with a gable roof that makes for optimal views of the water.
The architect kept the design simple and refined, dedicated to cottage life, making it perfect for family vacations. The cottage is situated in a small opening with a hidden foundation, which helps reduce the scale of the house. Both the roof and the sides of the house are clad in white cedar boards for a minimalist look. Along the sides, three tall windows keep the interior filled with light. The entire south side of the house is made of glass framing the picturesque view outside. The main living space has a double-height gable ceiling that’s been
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House MW / The House by the Lake by Ralph Germann architectes

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                                Located in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, the <a href="http://www.ralphgermann.ch/maison-mw/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">House MW / The House by the Lake</a> was designed by <a href="http://www.ralphgermann.ch/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ralph Germann architectes</a> for a couple with a child. They longed for a house with rooms that looked out to Lake Joux and thanks to the sloped land it was possible.
The couple’s other wish was to build a modern home with a reasonable budget. To make that happen, the architects used a prefab wood construction system for the facades and gables and had them built in a workshop and moved on-site when they were done. The rest of the house was made from concrete, which allowed the prefab parts to be attached to the interior concrete structure. Due to spruce trees being plentiful in the area, they were used to create the facade structure, which is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with more spruce. This building method kept costs
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Contemporary Lake House in Minnesota Encourages Family Fun

design modern residenceRehkamp Larson Architects collaborated with Brooke Voss Interior Design to complete this contemporary lake house in Excelsior, Minnesota. Developed for a young, active family, the residence features plenty of spaces for interaction and entertainment. “The home is a combination of practical materials such as exposed concrete and steel, but with a playful expression focused on family lake living,” the architects said. “A bridge leads to the front door and the moat below allows the steep grade to transition around the house.” architecture modern residence“The house has an open floor plan, with a large wood-burning fireplace anchoring one end and a bright kitchen on the other,” the architects said. “Sliding glass doors open up to a screen porch. Confetti windows on the fireplace wall and a family-size reading nook hint at the dynamic personalities living here.” The interior is enhanced by a fusion of textures, which make for a colorful and diverse retreat. Large
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A Modern Retreat in the Adirondacks

A Modern Retreat in the Adirondacks Originally built in 1961, this 44-room hotel endured a remodel in the 1980s and then was left sitting vacant for a number of years. Tag Collective teamed up with architecture firm Mapos and gave the Lake House hotel a much needed modern intervention. For this month’s Destination Design, we head to the heart of Lake Placid, New York, a small town made famous for hosting the Olympics on two occasions. A Modern Retreat in the Adirondacks in main interior design art architecture Category The quaint, boutique hotel sits next to Mirror Lake and is surrounded by miles of hiking trails and birch trees. Due to its size and cozy nature, Tag Collective renamed the hotel Lake House, giving it the feel of a guest house and not that of a standard, cookie cutter hotel. A Modern Retreat in the Adirondacks in main interior design art architecture Category The project called for a rebranding which led to an identity system that was inspired by the local trail maps, which encourage visitors to get outside to see the Adirondacks. Using topographic patterns and mountain coordinates, Tag created icons that reflect the various seasonal activities. With a minimal color palette, the natural textures of wood become the focus, along with a rustic red that is featured in the Adirondacks’ history. A Modern Retreat in the Adirondacks in main interior design art architecture Category Fitting in with the region, the hotel’s interior is slightly rustic with a warm, cozy, modern feel. With a nod to a log cabin, the hotel reminds you that you’re surrounded by nature and the gorgeous mountain views. There’s even a bar you can enjoy a drink or a snack at, or meet up with other guests. A Modern Retreat in the Adirondacks in main interior design art architecture Category
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The Hog Pen Creek Residence by Lake|Flato

Architecture firm Lake|Flato have designed the Hog Pen Creek Residence in Austin, Texas.

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The Hog Pen Creek Residence is situated on the shady, tree-covered confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin. Embracing its informal, rural roots, the owners envisioned a place that engaged with the outdoors while providing accommodating spaces for their off-season training for ironman triathlons. Much of the building’s design was determined by three mature oak trees, informing the building’s orientation and L-shaped footprint. The owners liked the idea of accessing much of the house from outdoor covered porches and walkways. The desire to have the main living area closely connected with the water, while respecting the flood plain and oaks, suggested the design’s stair-stepping boardwalk spine. The main living area, a two-story single width volume with a master bedroom loft and porches on either end, takes advantage of the cool prevailing breezes and shade from the adjacent oak trees. A movable, barn-like door serves as a bedroom wall, providing privacy when needed from the living room below. These flexible spaces allow the house to be both intimate and social, effortlessly accommodating guests or individuals alike.

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Contractor: Don Crowell Builders
Landscape Architect: Garden Design Studio Photography by Casey Dunn

A Mini Dutch Holiday House

2by4-architects designed the Recreational Island House in the Dutch lake area ‘Loosdrechtse Plas’.

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On an island of 5 by 100 meters in the Dutch lake area ‘Loosdrechtse Plas’ 2by4-architects designed a unique recreational house. The house is a subtle frame that captures the view from the inside out and outside in. Completely anticipating on the client’s needs 2by4 has designed the house in such a way that it can customize the interaction with the surrounding nature. One of the glass facades can be completely opened so that the wooden outdoor terrace becomes part of the interior. To even more lift the inside-outside barrier the dark wooden facade can be folded open, creating a panoramic view to nature. The folded facade becomes an abstract perpendicular element that floats above the water. By opening this part of the facade the wooden floor of the living area is now directly connected to the water enabling the inhabitants to access the lake from the living room. Although the size of the house is limited it still contains all the functions that are needed for comfort. Shower, toilet, kitchen, closets, storage and other functions are all integrated into a double wall. According to the need of a specific function the wall can be modified so that the spatial configuration changes, resulting into different atmospheres. The fire place, that hangs from the ceiling, also contributes to the changing of atmospheres because it can be rotated towards the outdoor terrace for those cozy summer evenings. The orientation of the house is based on sunrise and sunset. In the morning cold light shines on the east facade, illuminating the white interior. In the evening the warm light flows into the west facade, announcing the end of the day. Visitors that arrive at the house enter it in a series of sequences. Seen from the main land the house floats above the island. Arriving on the island itself the visitors are guided towards an elevated jetty that brings them to the terrace on the other side. The terrace continues towards the inside of the house where it stops halfway. Here the floor changes material and becomes a raised platform from where the visitors can look back at the nature they just came from. Due to heavy demands after international recognition of the Island House 2by4-architects has started a prefab version of the house. I will maintain all the main features of the original design, but will be much more affordable, flexible and faster to built. The flexible prefab cabin can be used for a wide arrange of functions like garden house, small business unit, bungalow, student home, family holiday dwelling, mountain cabin etc. 2by4-architects even wants to strife to create a do-it-yourself kit for the more enthusiastic client.

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Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s never built design for the Ralph Jester House, this stunning residence was transformed into a dream home by Mary Anne Smiley Interiors. Spreading over 11,040 square feet, the undulating architecture of this classic home proves to be the perfect background for a modern lifestyle inspired by one of the world’s most influential architects. Where rounded lines and exquisite design meet, there you can surely find peace. Knowing how to create a sense of luxurious living, Mary Anne Smiley proves that an inspiration like this cannot be overlooked. With 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms under a low roof supporting curved walls, the lake house design had to be perfectly elegant and balanced. Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 1 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Stacked stone columns, polished concrete floors and a panorama to remember, that the starting points of this wonderful home by the lake. The classy lake house design showcases custom furnishings and finishes, from the ribbon-like windows of the entry hall reading area to the unique radial marble floor tile in the shower. Defined by an invitation to socialization and privacy, the home features a fabulous dining room floating over polished concrete floors boasting a 360 panoramic view of the lake. Stucco and stone shape a welcoming and imposing facade, while the swimming pool reflects the home’s undulating lines and draws attention to the lake views beyond. If you enjoyed the details of this inspiring Lake House, you might want to check out a more detailed project – the Strait Lane Estates. Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 2 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 3 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 4 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 5 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 6 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 7 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 8 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 9 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 11 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 12 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 13 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 14 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 15 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 16 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 18 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 19 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 20 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Lake House by Mary Anne Smiley 21 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces The post Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Lake House Design Boasting Unique Rounded Spaces appeared first on Freshome.com.

Compact Relaxing Home for the Weekend: Lakeside Retreat in Texas

Weekend retreat LakeFlato Architects Compact Relaxing Home for the Weekend: Lakeside Retreat in TexasLake|Flato Architects designed the wonderful Lakeside Retreat, a compact relaxing home for the weekend. Located in Marble Falls, Texas, the property is surrounded by trees, offering a protective cover from the neighbours. With a direct waterfront access and cantilevered screened porches, the house is the perfect place to disconnect from a crowded lifestyle. The rear porch serves as an outdoor dinning room for the summer. It’s a rather romantic spot and it’s large enough to accommodate a family gathering. Summer days are filled with laughter and fun. Residents can indulge in a vast array of water sports, including kayaking and water-skiing.

Rear of the house Compact Relaxing Home for the Weekend: Lakeside Retreat in TexasThe living room and the kitchen (perceived as one unitary place) overlook the lake. The view is inspiring and relaxing. Without exaggerating, it’s medicine for the soul. Most of the materials used in completing the retreat are “Contributing to the casual atmosphere and occupant comfort are right-sized spaces for both large and small gatherings, modern efficiencies such as the lake-based geothermal HVAC system, and the family’s commitment to outdoor living and dining embodied in the lofty screened porch.”
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House at a Lake by BBSC Architects

BBSC Architects designed this house at a lake in Belgium.

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As the house is situated near a lake the facade facing the lake is one large window to take in the stunning view. All living and sleeping quarters look out over the garden and the lake. A central void connects the groundfloor with the first floor and links the cozy, raised up sitting area with the kitchen and eating area. The large open fire place between the void and eating area aids in creating different zones while maintaining one flowing living area. On the first floor the landing opens up towards the void; seated at the balustrade that is worked out as a desk one can enjoy a stunning view of the lake. Through the use of an acoustic plaster on the ceilings it is possible to reach the highest level of comfort while enjoying the size and openness of the living area with its abundance of natural light.

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Postcard House by Hufft Projects

Hufft Projects have designed the Postcard House near Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

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The house was commissioned by two brothers as a weekend retreat located on Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri. It is situated on a peninsula with lake views on three sides. The house sits on columns and utilizes pervious paving. Natural light and ventilation flow strategically through the home enhancing it’s picturesque views and relation to the natural setting. Design decisions regarding form and material choices respect and develop these ideals. Taking inspiration from a vintage Polaroid Camera, the form of the building is intended to frame the scenic setting from every angle – creating ‘postcards’ from within. This house is all about the experience and the views.

The Postcard House is a conventional wood frame construction. Exterior materials consist of prefinished metal panels, and stained cedar siding. The building envelope features spray-foam insulation and thermally improved glazing for superior energy efficiency. High-efficiency forced-air systems heat and cool the house.

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Cliff House by Altius Architecture

Altius Architecture designed the Cliff House in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada.

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Set on the Cliffside of a much-cherished lake, this cottage seeks to enhance the extraordinary surrounding scenery through the thoughtful integration of building elements with the natural assets of the site and terrain. This dwelling emerges form the rock formation of the cliff using the same local granite to form its base. A central core acts as an anchor that circulates movement, light and air into the living spaces that pinwheel and cantilever off into the landscape. In spite of its modest scale, the residence easily accommodates the family of four by providing amenity for dinning, cooking, living, reading and sleeping which are each carefully tuned to the unique view, light and breezes of the cliff. To balance the heavy mass derived from the fireplaces; cantilevered volumes, flying roofs and floor to ceiling glass are used to achieve a lightness of form as it works to bring the lake into the living spaces.

Living lightly on the site was important to the owners due to their strong mandate for sustainability. As a retreat from urban life, the desire to become completely self sufficient and independent from external infrastructure became critical in the design of a completely off grid residence. A two tiered approach is implemented to take advantage of both passive strategies which work to reduce energy loads and augment comfort so that the active strategies are sufficient to provide for the remaining energy needs. Energy efficient design in this case is not divorced from the experiential qualities of the dwelling but is used to enhance the unification of building to the landscape for the pleasure of its owners.

This system implements a passive gain and solar mass strategy that takes advantage of the sun’s daily passage and the movement of air in different seasons for each space. In summer, solar shading limits heat gain while operable windows are orientated to take advantage of natural ventilation. The operable windows in the central circulation space are designed to make use of the stack effect so that hot stale air is vented out and cool fresh air is drawn in. Green roofs are designed to mediate temperatures and control runoff while connecting the building foreground with the distant landscape. In winter, optimized glazing and solar orientation are used in conjunction with thermal mass in the form of concrete slabs and stone walls and the two interior fireplaces to store the sun’s radiant energy to form the base of the heating system. A high performance envelope design also works to limit unfavorable heat loss and gains all year round.

Evacuated tube solar arrays are used collect the sun’s energy to collect hot water that is stored in 10 thermal mass tanks. The hot water collected through the panels then feed into a hydronic radiant floor system to ensure a highly efficient use of technology. A series of photovoltaic panels are used to provide the buildings on the property with electricity. To ensure their success, the electrical loads are carefully managed and are minimized by selecting energy efficient appliances and LED lighting. To round out the supply of heat in the residence, advanced geothermal systems with masonry heaters are used to take full advantage of abundant biomass and latent heat available on site.

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Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture+Design

Carlton Architecture+Design have recently completed the Piedmont Residence, a modern lake house located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

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Description from the architect

The residence overlooks a mountain lake with expansive mountain views beyond. The design ties the home to its surroundings and enhances the ability to experience both home and nature together.

The entry level serves as the primary living space and is situated into three groupings; the Great Room, the Guest Suite and the Master Suite. A glass connector links the Master Suite, providing privacy and the opportunity for terrace and garden areas.

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Muskoka Cottage by Christopher Simmonds Architect

Architect Christopher Simmonds has designed the Muskoka Cottage in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.

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Description

The vaulted forms of this post and beam structure straddle a seasonal stream and climb a rambling granite outcrop of the Canadian Shield.

Envisioned as a multi-generational retreat, the centre of this home is a high ceilinged pavilion of Douglas Fir centred on a stone and concrete fireplace. Sliding glass doors stack away to achieve unparalleled intimacy between the kitchen/dining area and the adjacent patio that overlooks a sheltered bay.

High ceilinged spaces with operable clerestory windows ensure that breezes off the lake keep the home well ventilated and cool on summer days.

A master suite is accessed by a glazed link which bridges the seasonal stream and affords a more secluded sanctuary when desired. At the opposite end of the home the bedroom wing steps upward to match the steeply ascending rock profile and provides stunning views to the lake vista. A pair of interconnecting bedrooms and a kid’s bunkroom are located at the second level while another bedroom with ensuite is perched up a final flight of stairs.

A basalt stone floor flows through the main level of the house while the upper bedroom levels have an Ipé plank finish. Both materials contrast effectively with the warm tones of the Douglas Fir posts, beams and exposed roof decking and the “cabinet grade” fir wall paneling. Granite faced walls wrap from the exterior through to the interior to ground the experience of moving through this cluster of forms.

Fibre cement panels and cedar planking contrast with the stone’s weight to complete the building exterior skin. Ground source heat pumps provide heating and cooling through a radiant floor system and ducted ventilation.

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Lakeside House by Spado Architects

Spado Architects have designed an extension to a lakeside house in Carinthia, Austria.

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The extension to a lakeside residential house, comprising three storeys in all, plays on the shape of the landscape and nestles into the steep slope that runs from south to north down to the lake.

Facing the lake, it creates 3 all-glass residential storeys with the kitchen enthroned at their centre, like the command bridge of a ship.

The projections and recesses lend the extension a feeling of lightness, creating roofed outside areas and also making each of the 3 storeys stand out visually. The kitchen faces east, with its distinctive “eye”, receiving the morning sun.

The facade is covered with opaque white glass panels, contrasting in places with high-gloss black glass elements.

A house on a lake is usually aligned with the views of the lake. Although facades which face northwards to the lake may appear unfavourable at first glance, their advantages become obvious in summer. There’s no need to install any shades and they never get over-heated. In this context, north-facing walls are ideal when you have all-glass facades. The lake becomes the main protagonist.

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Architect: Spado Architects
Photography: Kurt Kuball