Lily Lake Residence, Pennsylvania by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Description by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson :

Situated in the Northeastern Pennsylvania agrarian landscape, this residence is rooted in its circumstance of rolling fields, high grass, dry laid stone walls, farm structures and lakes; sited on a farm dating from the early 1900s.

An existing stone cottage sits near the upper corner of one field, among several mature trees. The owners wished to live in a residence that incorporated the existing stone cottage as well as sensitively relating to the special nature of the surrounding landscape.

The modest stone cottage has been preserved. A new linear wooden structure is situated between the stone cottage and a pond; parallel to an existing stone wall. The milled timber structure has been rigorously organized and detailed. This structure does not impose on the stone cottage; rather it is pulled free and linked via a delicate glass passage. A library and small loft reside in the stone cottage, while the garage, living and sleeping areas are contained within the new wooden structure.

The Lily Lake Residence is a thoughtful modernist intervention into an evocative agrarian landscape that is both sensitive and exacting.

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