The owners of Splinter Creek, a property situated among 650 acres of pine forest, lakes and meadows in Mississippi, originally purchased the land for timber. But once they began harvesting, they realized how stunning the local ecosystem was, and decided to share the land to create a carefully considered community development around three spring-fed lakes. Helping them realize this vision, architecture firms Lake Flato, Lang Architecture and the Loch Collective conceived a masterplan of rustic homes built in concert with the environment.
While Texas-based architecture firm Lake Flato produced a master site plan of roads, trails, and common structures, Lang Architecture focused on creating a concept design for a rustic modern lake house that blends seamlessly into the natural landscape. The Loch Collective produced the outdoor plan for the concept house, as well as a unique seed mix of wildflowers and native grasses for the adjacent meadows and wetlands.
The architects drew inspiration from the classic agrarian buildings of the area and came up with a design that integrates into the natural landscape and maximizes views of the pristine lakes and ridges of pine and hardwood forests.
“We think holistically about the land. So it’s not just as simple as figuring out how to design one house,” said Lake Flato founder Ted Flato. “It’s, ‘What should the land be? And where should a house go?’ Our approach is architecture that’s very connected to its place.”
The property features 26 ready-to-build sites defined by creeks and terrain. New owners can bring in their own design and builders or choose a turnkey option of the Splinter Creek concept house, with the possibility of customizing the original design to fit individual tastes and lifestyles.