Home Designs Published by Stela Lucija, Tuesday, January 31st 2017, 10:22:50 AM.
This modern glass house is situated in a calm wooded area on the Lake Anna in Virginia. After a journey through a winding road guests would end at this beautiful three stories glass house just close to lake. This modern house, the Buisson Residence was designed by architect Robert M. Gurney and is arranged in an L shape with the large white wall provides boundaries between the view of the pine forest and the lake upon arrival. The two volumes are then connected with a glass enclosed bridge. The primary living spaces is created in the large “L” volume to provide views to the lake at the west and the south while the service volume is housed in the smaller “L” volume. This volume looks as a wonderful combination with its wooden cladding. There, the second story of this house is clad in copper, giving it similar look to the wood cladding.
Large glass walls are created facing the lake at the south to bring the great views and the natural lighting. On this volume, the entry, living room and bedrooms are arranged linearly to invite the amazing views inside. This arrangement combined with the large overhangs and sensored motorized shades help to protect the interior from excessive heat during summer and also help to gain heat during winter since the sun light penetrates the interior really deep. And, to further gaining natural lights and views of the lake, the ends of the copper cladding at the second floor are completed with large glazing for both the east and the west sides.
The slanted roof and the canted front wall are used to deflect the strong north wind and to shed water from intense storms. As a whole, this modern lake house is connected to its environment through the views its captures in the interior and the accessibility to the environment. It is a modern lake house with large glass and wall that provides contrast between solidity and transparency, between human ordered forms and the unordered nature that elevates our appreciation and understanding of both. Architect: Robert M. Gurney. Photography: Paul Warchol and Maxwell MacKenzie.
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