Collection by Sarah Akkoush

An Abstract New England Lake House That Sinks Into the Land


Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design create a Western Massachusetts retreat that is buried in its lakeside landscape.

New York City fashion executive Laura Beasley and musician Pieter Voorhees approached Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design to create a second home in the Berkshires that would be intimately embedded in the landscape. Principal architects Jeff Taylor and B. Alex Miller conceptualized a design composed of horizontal and vertical "sleeves" that would facilitate environmental views. In stark contrast to the neighboring homes, Taylor and Miller’s creation embraces an abstract aesthetic, directing focus toward the lake instead of the architecture.

As the home is approached from the street, the white aluminum facade projects out from the earth in an abstract...
On the opposite side of the abstract front elevation, the home opens up and presents an entirely different viewing...
At the entry looking upward towards a Velux skylight, a vertical "sleeve" is made of stacked end grain plywood.
The clients and design team chose to forego an open floor plan in favor of defined, separated spaces.
The smaller transitional areas of the home were more about pure form, space, and vertical light.
Miller explains, “Every material and spatial decision we make in one space affects the entire home,” a design...
Windows by Berkshire plate glass offer unobstructed views of the lake from the sunroom.
The second floor master bedroom opens up to a wraparound deck.
Part of the master suite, the bright bathroom embraces texture and pattern.
The home’s reflection is seen in the lake at dusk.
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