Simply called the Lake House, this unique, hidden getaway by NYC-based Gluck+ is completely immersed in the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. Designed for leaving the stress of urban life behind, it consists of a collection of buildings, each with its own purpose and style. Right at the top of the hill there is the Gatehouse Garage with its wooden skin, there are two smaller prefab Guesthouses within the woods, a big modern Family House and a wooden Boathouse on the lake’s shore. But the most striking building of all is quite difficult to spot; the Recreation Building is concealed under its grassy green roof, sheltering an indoor swimming pool and art gallery.
Gluck+ had to create the building designs on a steep slope that ends on a lake. The architects explained, “The forms of the Family House and Recreation Building snake in and out of the contours of the land. The edge between the building and the natural shape of the land emerges and recedes with the geometry of the two buildings.”
Partially buried underground, these two buildings are private and hidden, but far from dark inside. From the street they are barely visible because of the green roofs, terrain slope, and trees on the site, but their lovely lake front location and glazed façade floods the interiors with breathtaking views and lots of natural light.
The Recreation Building’s sod-topped upper terrace not only offers plenty of green space to enjoy the outdoors, but also passively cools the house during the summer months, while keeping it warm and cozy during the coldest months.
Its interiors are a cool combination of contemporary and earthy, featuring an indoor swimming pool, a hot room, staff lounge, an art gallery, dining room, and three skylights that puncture the roof and bring plenty of daylight right down.
The only building blatantly visible from the water is the Boathouse, with sliding wood screens that ad privacy and protect the interiors from the gleaming reflections off the lake. This building is the perfect spot for enjoying the lake and water sports, and it features a series of stepped platforms that provide a place to sunbathe and dive into the mirrored waters of the lake.
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Photos via Gluck+
Neighborhoods : Adirondack Mountains