The owners work in the urban core but want to truly wind down when they head home and casually entertain friends. They purchased a waterfront lot on Weatherby Lake with the vision of creating a “Modern Lodge”.
The concept draws from the owner’s passion as a commercial photographer and the process of capturing an experience with a still photo. The house is two simple platonic forms, one resting on the other, pulled apart to create an aperture to the lake. The view is revealed once you enter the house, leaving the city behind and immersing yourself in lake living. The main public space is a wood clad, two-story volume filled with light and the lake view. This is contrasted by a crisp, white stucco volume housing the private functions.
The design approach of the site is to connect the house to the land with large boulders unearthed in construction and otherwise leave the lot natural. As one descends toward the lake, the house becomes a backdrop to the natural experience of lake living, leaving the city behind.