Set in a pine forest near a still lake, this rustic house playfully mimicks mother nature while also taking advantage of her benevolent charms. Dubbed the Lakewood House and designed by Centerbrook Architects, the home has a unique fanned layout that follows the sun’s daily arc, allowing it to fill the rooms with daylight. The home also features closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling, abundant insulation, natural and local materials, and passive solar design. Photos © Peter Aaron of Esto
The home has a bit of a split personality going on with one facade showcasing a solar screen of indigenous logs and the other speaking to a more modern sensibility. Built to house an extended family, the structure consists of a main house, a guest house, a workshop, a boathouse and smaller outbuildings that all focus toward the sun as they back up to the central drive. The main house’s shed roofs overhang well past the glass to make screen porches and keep the hot summer at bay while inviting in warming winter daylight.
The roofs shoulder against north winds to keep the warmth inside, while scattered leaf-like dormers lift skyward luring daylight deep in the interior. The recyclable galvalume roof is white and reflects the summer sun to reduce cooling needs. Runnels channel water through filtering basins below and onto the garden water feature before finally returning it to the lake. Efficiently engineered structural members such as Glulams, LVLs, PSL and TJIs were used extensively to maximize yield in wood products compared with dimensional framing.
The sun’s warmth is absorbed in the home’s stone fireplace and interior stone walls to radiate heat at night. High-return air registers distribute the natural warmth, along with that of a high-efficiency, wood-burning Russian stove and a soapstone masonry heater that is computer controlled to maximize BTUs and minimize emissions.