THE CENTER HILL LAKE HOUSE

Starting with a view...
Like so many of our custom home designs, this one begins with a great view on a great site and some interesting challenges. 
Although physically disconnected from the water this site provides great visual connections of the surrounding hills and lake. While the views during the summer are predominantly south and west during the winter the northern views open up with the loss of vegetation. How do we take advantage of these views using architecture? 
Southwest View
View from the Road
Site slope and limited space creates some interesting challenges. Teaming up with the surveyors our team used their site survey to diagram and evaluate the site's potential given these constraints. How do we fit the house, pool, and great exterior space on this site?  
Privacy should be considered given the close proximity to the neighbors. Lets plan for more solid spaces near neighbors and more open spaces toward the lake. 
Trees and Vegetation offer an escape from the urban life and contribute to the outdoor life at the lake. Removing selective trees and creating spaces for outdoor gathering, walking and camping. How do we preserve the vegetation while bringing more light and view to the home? How do we enhance the exterior experience and blend the architecture with the landscaping?
Pre-design 
Although not considered a design, these planning exercises help visualize the possibilities and create a basic understanding between the site and program. 
Massing Diagram
Site Planning
Concept Design 
The concept begins with context. The intent of the architecture is to connect to the context of the lake and surrounding woods. To escape the urban life. A natural oasis on the lake.
We began by identifying the formal constructs of the architecture by establishing a contrast between artificial or the man-made geometry (the house) and the natural geometry (the lake and woods). 
Artificial Geometry is rectangular and orthogonal whereas natural geometry is curved and smooth. They say 90 angles do not exist in nature. 
First Iteration of the Concept 
Adjusting the Concept
It was decided to relax the original concept due to the unfamiliar geometry it created. The concept evolved into thinking of horizontal planes as a man-made manipulation of the hill side eventually creating patios, decks, and roof shapes of the building connecting inside and out. The vertical elements, relating to the surrounding cliffs would create a direct connection between the artificial building and the natural landscape by invading the building and piercing the horizonal elements. This horizontal geometry extends out into the landscaping and transitions from orthogonal to diagonal as the space gets closer to the lake and erodes from hardscape to softscape. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright this horizontal emphasis began to make connections to mid-century forms and "prairie" related geometry known for it's "organic approach to creating architecture."  
BIM Modeling 
Once the draft schematic design is established our team moves into BIM Modeling. Find out more about what BIM is here. BIM gets us one step closer to construction drawings and is better suited for us and our engineering team to design for project constructability and budgeting. BIM offers us with greater accuracy and gives us on-site cloud sync technology to provide our contractors with accurate 3D model representation while they build. 

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