The Lakeside residence is located on a steep wooded embankment overlooking Lake Cochituate. The design of the house is a direct response to its site; the desire to both fit harmoniously within the landscape and to take advantage of the fantastic views.
In addition to the zoning restrictions, the clients’ request to save every tree left an irregularly shaped pocket of buildable space between the trees. This determined the footprint of the house.
The house is organized into 2 distinct wings that are connected by an entry foyer and main stair. Dividing the mass into separate parts allowed the house to fit the site, and it reduced the visible scale of the house. The three masses are unified by the roof that was conceptualized as one continuous folded plane.
The front façade functions as a buffer between the street and the house; it has minimum openings, limiting the views out to the neighborhood, giving the homeowners the impression that they are somewhat isolated within the landscape. The back facade, facing the lake, is porous and lacy, maximizing the views. The stair foyer is flanked with floor to ceiling window walls, allowing for a clear view to the lake from the street. The homeowners experience the lake and wooded landscape each time they ascend/descend the stairs, guaranteeing a connection to nature in their daily routine.
In keeping with the natural setting, the palette is a composition of natural materials; Red Cedar, mahogany, copper, lava stone, walnut, soapstone, carbonized bamboo, and stainless steel.
Location: Framingham, Massachusetts
Site: 4000sf New Construction
Design: Tali Buchler, Kristen Giannattasio
Construction: GF Rhode Construction
Lighting Design: Light Insight
Structural Engineer: Henry J Bishop and Son
Civil Engineer: Schofield Brothers
Mechanical Engineer: Sun Engineering
Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: Johnson Engineering and Design