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An Abstract New England Lake House That Sinks Into the Land

By Dwell @dwell
Hidden House exterior

As the home is approached from the street, the white aluminum facade projects out from the earth in an abstract composition of forms and volumes. There are no doors or windows at the entrance from the road, a calculated decision by the design team to avoid a structure that would read as manmade against the natural landscape. “We wanted it to feel ‘non-architectural’ in a way so that the natural view of the lake was not walled off by a privatized notion of someone’s home,” says Miller. 

New York City designer Laura Beasley and musician Pieter Voorhees approached Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design to create a second home in the Berkshires that would be intimately embedded in the landscape. Principal architects Jeff Taylor and B. Alex Miller conceptualized a design composed of horizontal and vertical "sleeves" that would facilitate environmental views. In stark contrast to the neighboring homes, Taylor and Miller’s creation embraces an abstract aesthetic, directing focus toward the lake instead of the architecture.

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