House on Lake Okoboji
West Lake Okoboji, Iowa, 2008
For a lake residence on a diminutive lot in rural Iowa we conceived of a house as a series of spatial frames that offer a focused and private experience on an otherwise densely populated shore. This second home sits in a resort area that appears as an oasis in the midst of the Midwestern 'corn desert'. The owners desired a house that was 'all about the lake' and the oak trees that bound the lake from the expanse of farmland beyond. The house behaves as a 3-dimensional set of 'blinders' obscuring the neighbors while gradually opening to the lake beyond. Passing through the house one moves from areas of density to areas with a diaphanous quality while color and material texture intensify moving from open to intimate spaces.
• 2010 ACSA Faculty Design Award• 2009 AIA Central States Region Honor Award
• 2008 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for new construction
• 2008 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for detail (Lake Cabinet)