Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Think Tank

While writing my last post on funky cottage furniture, I began to think about one of my favourite designs for a lakeside cottage. Think Tank, by Gumuchdjian Architects, was designed as a birdwatching lakeside retreat for a private client near Skibberreen, County Cork.

What is striking about this building is the simplicity of its structure and its beautiful integration with the surrounding landscape. The project was a collaboration with a local builder, who used mainly local materials, and a specialist contractor. Environmental concerns were a huge consideration given the sensitive location and the goals of the client and architect to create a building that had minimal impact on the landscape.

Glass walls are broken in large squares that provide almost 360 degrees views of the lake and countryside. Cedar slats provide shade and screening, while at the same time continue the horizontal lines that are echoed along the pier. The choice of a pitched roof evokes local boathouses and barns and gives it a historic context.

It looks as if it was always meant to be there and always will.


Mark Cutler said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I love how modern it is, but still totally contextural, I will have to check out more of their stuff.

The Peak of Chic said...

I agree with Mark. Stunning house and stunning setting. (PS- that would be my husband's dream- a modern, environmentally friendly house in Ireland!)