Continue reading below
Our Featured Videos
low energy house, Austria, Lake House, Maximilian Eisenköck, Lake House by Maximilian Eisenköck, Lake Neufeldersee, north light, north facing light, timber house, Okoume timber, horseshoe shaped architecture, u-shaped architecture

Nicknamed the “black jewel on the lake,” the Lake House is clad in Okoume timber that’s either charred or painted black. Maximilian Eisenköck prevents the boxy building from looking monolithic by wrapping the facade with full-height glazing and arranging the building into a U-shape with an outdoor courtyard in the middle. The two sides of the building that flank the courtyard are two-stories-high, while the single-level volume located directly behind the courtyard has an accessible rooftop. In contrast to the dark exterior, the interior walls are lined with warm-toned plywood with high-efficiency insulation panels.

Related: Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Since the building would primarily be used in the summertime, the Lake House’s glazed areas are located on the north side of the dwelling rather than on the south side. In addition to bringing natural light and views into the home, the orientation allows for optimal north light for painting. Some of the glazed openings double as sliding doors to open the home up to the outdoors and lake breeze.

+ Maximilian Eisenköck

Via ArchDaily

Images via Maximilian Eisenköck