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July 11, 2013
A cool breeze coming off the water is the best escape from a mid-summer heatwave. These five lakeside homes combine modern design with fresh locations to serve as the perfect summer retreats.
Modern waterfront house with extended walkway

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. Defined by its verticality, the house features an exterior stepped walkway that extends over the trees, connecting the levels.

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

Architect J.C. Shmeil of Merzbau Design Collective designed this modern home on Lake Austin in Texas for a family of five.

Photo by: Brian Mihealsick

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worple house floating house pitched roof windows lake

A boathouse on the first floor and a family home on the second, the Worple Residence floats on the surface of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

Photo by: Raimund Koch

 

 

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Modern prefab lakeside home in Bloomingdale, New Jersey

A New Zealand expat and her son use their prefabricated retreat on the shores of New Jersey’s Lake Iosco as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.

Photo by: Mark Mahaney

 

 

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New Zealand house with ceder weatherboards

On the shores of New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu, architects Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie designed a relaxed family home that reclines into its spectacular landscape.

Photo by: Stephen Oxenbury

 

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Modern waterfront house with extended walkway

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. Defined by its verticality, the house features an exterior stepped walkway that extends over the trees, connecting the levels.

Photo by: Dean Kaufman

 

 

Photo by Dean Kaufman. Image courtesy of © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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