Lake house design
Engawa House is a modern castle, located on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington. Designed by Sullivan Conard Architects the residence offers wonderful views of lake and Mount Rainier. Natural light and ventilation are important parts of the concept. Wood was mainly used in the the exterior design, the primary structure of the house is timber-framed in hemlock. Here are some words from architects: 'A central volume of space, topped by a clerestory, introduces daylight into the center of the house. The design evokes the spirit of "engawa" in the Japanese house: the sun-filled edge of dwelling that connects house to garden; inside to outside; form to spirit'.
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This unusual house was designed by Arturo Montanelli for himself and his family. The house is located on a sloping site, which has an excellent view of Lake Como - the most beautiful lake in Italy. The architect had been working on the project for two years. He wanted to create an ideal home, which would embody the spirit of this amazingly beautiful place and the harmony with nature. The house design was inspired by the traditional local buildings and old stone towers. During the construction were used such materials as local stone, marble, and wood. The house is located above the other buildings in this area, so that from its windows offer breathtaking views. Stone house looks like a splendid castle with pool.
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