House on Lake Okoboji
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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 exp… Read More
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. Read Less
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Paul Crosby
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)
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby
Paul Crosby