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Copake Lake House

Firm LocationNew York, United States
Project locationCopake Lake, New York
CompanyDesai Chia Architecture PC
Lead ArchitectKatherine Chia and Arjun Desai
Design TeamStructural: David Kufferman; P.E., Civil: Crawford Associates; Contractor: Bill Stratton Building Company; Lighting Consultant: Christine Sciulli Light + Design; Landscape: Jamie Purinton; DCA Team: Dustin Heim, Ryan Erb and Kenneth Mitchell

The Copake Lake House engages this lakefront property through a series of framed volumetric compositions and material details that capture views to the water. Cantilevering program elements create a flow between indoor and outdoor social programs while also shading the outdoor seating areas below. The lake views from the sunken living room make one feel nestled within the water. By stepping the living room down towards the lake, views from the adjacent dining area are unobstructed as well. Overhead, crisscrossed structural wood members support a vaulted ceiling like a canopy of tree branches.