Thursday, November 11, 2010

Combs Point Residence | Finger Lakes, New York | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The residence at Combs Point is sited in a diverse natural world of glacial lake, deciduous and evergreen forest, valley and stream. It is both a center of activity and a quiet retreat for a family that treasures life on the lake.

From the fanning delta at the lake's edge, a delicate necklace of buildings stretches through a forested glen that leads to the waterfall at its head. An elevated boardwalk echoes the twisting course of the stream as it connects the buildings and eventually dissolves into a path leading to the falls.

Upstream, the guesthouse and office-exercise structures inhabit the narrow valley meadow with its forested edges. Downstream, the main building's large living space opens to a full view of the deep lake, broad sky and the weather.

Slipped into the site with a light touch, the residence and its outbuildings possess a transparency that reveals the richly varied qualities of this natural place.....more

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