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HIGHLAND LAKE HOUSE

Design concept: The design was inspired by ruins.  Instead of the derelict remains being the result of years of decay, I chose to begin the design layout with heavy, masonry walls, used to organize and define special places within the landscape without closing them off.  Thin slots or broad separations between or above these walls would allow the forest to penetrate to the interior, obscuring the line between inside and out.  The wood-clad frame spans across and bears on top of these walls, tying them together, providing function to an otherwise derelict ruin.   

New Construction

materials

The exterior is a veneer of regular gray concrete block used together with clear, Eastern White cedar clapboards, and aluminum panels.  All exterior materials are installed with a rain-screen method to improve the material’s longevity and performance.