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issue 44 - June/July 2018
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A Home by the Lake Embraces Nature's Charms

Situated on the Southwest shore of Lake Waconia, this industrial, modern house for a family of eight seeks to celebrate its glorious surroundings through natural materials and dramatic transparency. Located adjacent to a grove of 200 year old oak trees near the shoreline, the house is organized as a bold sculptural response to the lake and trees.

This two story, 5,500 square foot home is designed to promote the outdoors and active lifestyle of the family. The central living room is created as a two story atrium with glass walls on the north and south edges capturing light throughout the day and inviting views through the house to the trees and lake beyond. The family activity space is an indoor swimming pool with direct access to the lakeside of the property.

The upper level is organized as two wings, a master suite and exercise space on the west and the children's wing with two bathrooms, a laundry room and three two level loft bedrooms for six, four boys and two girls. The exterior materials differentiate the various program elements of the design, with the ground level being a warm white stucco, while the master wing is a deep auburn brick, the children's wing is wrapped in wooden planks with a black brown stain and black aluminum panel edge details all under a dark bronze metal roof.

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