Re-establishing the sentimental tone between a legacy property and its natural surroundings is a delicate undertaking, especially when it is situated within a sensitive environmental area like Lake George. Goals for this single family residence were simple: occupy a beautiful place while not disrupting its essential character.
This lake house was designed in close collaboration with the client, an architect known for his architectural renderings and illustrations. The exterior walls of the building were clad with glass to permit the site and the interior to act as one.
The main living space was built on an existing camp footprint. This was done to maintain the proximity to the lake as the existing camp was well beyond the required shoreline set back.
The design intent was to use natural materials with modern details, and to maximize the area of glass towards the lake.
A cantilevered masonry fireplace opening with interlocking bluestone lintels continues the strong linear lines.
The 8’ cantilevered mezzanine hovers over the kitchen area creating a more intimate space.
The sawtooth open staircase is anchored to granite chimney providing views of the stone through the stairway as well as, outside through the large glass wall behind the stair.
The new master suite footprint was positioned at the minimum required shoreline set back and the two spaces were connected by a minimal glass hallway.
A simple interior palette including very minimal colors emphasizes the exterior as the color and interest generating focus of the project, allowing occupants to both exist within the site and to connect the site with its occupants.
Execution of the details of the building reflected a minimalist approach desired by the home owners. This included the use of glass railing systems inside and the anchoring of each pavilion with a massive fireplace rendered in local granite.