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October 23, 2013
They may range from humble wood cabins to contemporary architectural masterpieces, but the following 6 houses have one thing in common: each beautifully complements its lakeside setting.

On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario. Photo by Raimund Koch.

 

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All of the Worples' guests arrive by boat to the lower level of the Floating House. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Byron and Sue Henry's cabin, with an addition by Portland architect Michael Flowers, is located on a secluded, half-acre hillside property overlooking Hayden Lake in Northern Idaho.

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Henry Point Lake Cabin in Northern Idaho

This is the reading room in the new addition; The T&G wood wall and ceiling finish are made from a reclaimed grain silo in eastern Washington built in the early 1900s.

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An exterior view of the cascading architectural promenade of the Douglas House.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Douglas House by architect Richard Meier is a clear nod to Les Terrasses, a 1928 residence created by Le Corbusier in Garches, France. Shared elements include curved walls, spatial ambiguities, and the series of ladders and cantilevered staircases that join the levels and encourage a cascading architectural promenade. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

 

 

 

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The Douglas House exterior stairway reaches out toward the lake.

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Here's a view of the steel and glass master bedroom as it cantilevers over the patio and yard. You can see the cantilevered concrete patio in the foreground. The structure of the building is more common to commercial construction—steel framing with metal

Architect J.C. Schmeil created this 4-bedroom, 4-bath house on Lake Austin in Texas, designed for a couple with three young children. The cantilevered master bedroom appears to hover above the lake. Photo by Brian Mihealsick.

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The cantilevered master bedroom appears to hover above the lake. Photo by Brian Mihealsick.

The Lake Austin house master bedroom appears to purposefully lean toward the water.

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The entrance ramp leads to the smaller module, containing a bedroom, a bathroom and a rooftop observation deck; the module at right includes a bedroom, bathroom, the kitchen and the living area.

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a lakeside retreat for visiting families at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth, in Albion, Michigan. Garrison dubbed the 1,100-square-foot modular building "Koby."

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The living area overlooking the lake includes a banquette that seats eight and sleeps three, upholstered with a fully compostable Climatex Lifecycle fabric. A low-slung horizontal side window allows a sliver of light in yet retains privacy.

The living area overlooking the lake includes a banquette that seats eight and sleeps three, upholstered with a fully compostable Climatex Lifecycle fabric. A low-slung horizontal side window allows a sliver of light in yet retains privacy.

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For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. Here, his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, checks out the view from the balcony.

For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. Here, his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, checks out the view from the balcony. Photo by Paco Perez / Alluro.

 

 

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Loredana Dall’ Amico reads in the living room, where all the seating was designed by her husband. The floating stain­less steel unit behind her is also his design and contains a state-of-the-art stereo system. Photo by Paco Perez / Alluro.

 

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On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario. Photo by Raimund Koch.

 

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