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December 4, 2015
Without walls of glass and generous windows, these waterfront homes couldn't enjoy their serene views.
On the desk in the master bedroom, two Philippe Starck fly swatters sit aside a Tolomeo lamp from Artemide.

For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. He and his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, awake to immersive views. 

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Originally appeared in Reflections on a Lake
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modern lakeside home in Australia living room with arco lamp by flos, b&b italia coffee table, and poltroon frau sofa

Perched above a lake on Australia’s verdant Mornington Peninsula, James and Imogen Tutton’s teak-clad house was designed by Karen Alcock of Melbourne-based MA Architects.

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Originally appeared in A House That Looks as Natural as the Landscape
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ontario vacation home facade made of wood siding and aluminum with floor to ceiling windows

In the house that Richard Williams designed for David Frum and Danielle Crittenden Frum on Lake Ontario, floor-to-ceiling windows from Oldcastle offer views through the house to the lake beyond.

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Originally appeared in Two Writers Just Enjoy the Basics
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worple house floating house pitched roof windows lake

On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home on Lake Huron lives the life aquatic. The living room windows overlooking the water let the residents feel as though they're playing in the water even when they are dry and warm inside.

 

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Originally appeared in Floating House, Lake Huron
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houlder residence interior

Writer, London Business School professor, and practicing Buddhist Dominic Houlder inherited a plot of land on Scotland's Isle of Skye and sought to carve out a simple, elegant home that would foster meditation and sit well with the land. “Simple materials, vaulted spaces, and uncluttered interiors give a sense of peace as you would find in a place of worship,” says architect Neil Stephen.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Home on Scotland's Isle of Skye
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An office space and loft on the top floor of the Douglas House.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Douglas House by architect Richard Meier is a clear nod to Les Terrasses, a 1928 residence created by Le Corbusier in Garches, France. Shared elements include curved walls, spatial ambiguities, and the series of ladders and cantilevered staircases that join the levels and encourage a cascading architectural promenade.

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Cantilevered study at a LEED Wisconsin home

Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair and ottoman are nestled in the study of this sustainable Wisconsin home overlooking a lake. 

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Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Originally appeared in This Sustainable Wisconsin Home Is Nearly Off-the-Grid
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On the desk in the master bedroom, two Philippe Starck fly swatters sit aside a Tolomeo lamp from Artemide.

For his lakeside retreat just outside Mexico City, architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta designed everything from the house to the chairs to the china. He and his wife, Loredana Dall' Amico, awake to immersive views. 

Photo by Paco Perez / Alluro.

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