The design is a great example of how abstract forms clad in natural materials can bring architecture into harmony with its surroundings. It was our first fully contemporary project and will always hold a special meaning.
Finalist Innovation In Design Architecture
“Creating a summer lake house just six miles from the owners’ regular house put Nautilus at both an advantage and a disadvantage. Advantage: total familiarity with the landscape, easy access to the clients. Disadvantage: It’s much harder to make something when you know it really has to stand out. Luckily, the clients had an idea of what they hoped would contrast with their old-school Colonial just up the road.
The new structure sits on the footprint of the former house, which was torn down. The home rises two stories higher than the old one did. The top floor is taken over by a master bedroom whose ceiling is a direct counterpoint to the roof plane, with a view that extends over the treetops. It’s reminiscent of Philip Johnson’s New Canaan glass house. There’s the feeling of being outdoors with nature. You’re just up in a tree house.”
Photos courtesy of Devon Perkins and Greg Wilson