This family house in Western Massachusetts looks like a cluster of abstract, crystalline forms from afar, but from up close, these structures unfold and open up to reveal a serene lakeside home. Brooklyn-based Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design designed the building using almost a cinematic technique that slices through the volume to create contrasting spaces dominated by horizontals and verticals, with the white volumes puncturing through a stacked timber wall that flows out to provide beautiful views of the water.
The house is wrapped in a timber wall that also functions as a retaining wall for the landscape. This encloses the structure, while apertures allow the abstract forms to spread out into the surroundings. Inside, these forms create spaces of extreme verticality and horizontality, revealing alternating views of the sky and the water in front.
The vertical spaces are dominated by dramatic changes of materials that reach up to a skylight aperture, while the horizontal spaces are characterized by neutral tones and materiality. The white interior walls are combined with wooden details and surfaces that reference the exterior and give warmth to the spaces.
Photos by Studio Dubuisson