House By The Lake
The house by the lake is a project we designed in 2012 for a couple with two children. It is located on a narrow plot whose natural slope reaches the shores of Lake. The house is entirely made of raw concrete and its exceptionally complex structure is hidden by apparent simplicity .
The dwelling consists of two main levels. On the ground floor are situated the largely open reception rooms – the living room, the kitchen and the dining room, as well as a guest room and an office. Upstairs is the sleeping area with three bedrooms and their bathrooms as well as a children’s playroom. The house is located near the shore of the lake, contrary to the local constructions further down the road.
Our work as architects was to create a direct communication between the volumes constructed and the landscape of disconcerting beauty. The other main desire expressed by the client was not to obscure the view of the lake from the top of the plot and the street. Thus, when one enters the property, there is no obstacle and one can see the opposite shore of the lake despite the distance.
The volume of the house results from the assembly of two boxes with pure lines.
The first box forms the ground floor and is wide open. The second one, like a beam of incredible weightlessness, comes to bear itself on the lower volume and unfolds the its cantilever towards towards the lake. The whole volume rests on a single column of great finesse which illustrates all the duality of this construction.