With summer still lingering, and with us all being back at work, it’s easy for our minds to slip away to dream of quiet escapes where we can revel in the heat while we still can. Such day dreams can sadden and frustrate those of us that are office bound, but it can also result in wonderful discoveries like this breathtaking lake house.
Albeit visually dissimilar at first, architect Andy Ramus took full advantage of the scenery in this glass encased masterpiece, ensuring that nature takes the lead with 180 degree views. Amazing to think that this contemporary glass building is actually structurally based on the on the renovated barn and main house – the space has been designed bearing the same materials and specifications in mind.
The architect has built the structure over the water as an extension of the main house, since they were unable to install such large glazed windows in the original, historic house – this was the compromise, allowing for a lounge that embodied just that – large glazed windows that clearly take precedence in the design. It’s this precedence of the windows in the design that allows the building to appear light and airy, as if it was simply floating over the lake – a requirement included in the clients brief.
Having juxtaposed the older, existing structures with this new one on the property, both are allowed to shine without trying to compete with each other.
The kitchen and bathroom is toward the back of the building, opening up onto the lounge and dining areas and wraparound balcony, “so the client can revel in the pristine setting.”
The architect wanted to maintain the serenity of the setting and didn’t want the contemporary structure to disturb the effect of the beautiful surroundings, so allowed for a simple pathway leading up to it, with minimal other interferences. After all, the building itself seems to have no other interferences either, appearing to rather levitate above the landscape. The use of glass also reflects the moods and atmosphere that the water provides.
While the growth of the estate has somewhat hampered the overall privacy, natural vegetation does help keep out prying eyes, which allows the integrity of the initial design to be maintained without the need for window treatments.
Privacy or not, we will gladly trade our office chairs for a lounger on this particular balcony! We can only assume that the inhabitants of this property must be the calmest, happiest people alive – how could you be anything else when surrounded by so much natural beauty and wonderful design? And so we sigh, take one last lingering look at the images, and turn our heads back to our work.
Images and information courtesy of Houzz