Shelter

& Ground

A retrospective look at the Lake House Residence

  • Project
    Lake House Residence
  • Status
    Under Construction
    Complete
  • Location
    Winter Haven, FL
  • Services
    Architecture
    Interior Design
    Landscape Design

“It clearly demonstrates the architectural concept of “shell and shelter” as detailed in Robert McCarter’s academic essay of the same name.”

- Max Strang

[Shelter] is shaped within a shell-like form that acts as both structure and enclosure.

• Firmly grounded into its inland site.
• Secondary volumes that relate to specific programmatic requirements.
• Incorporates important passive environmental design concepts.

The Lake House is a confident expression of modern architecture that leaves behind any trace of vernacular influences. The home also departs from classical modernism and the tenets of the Sarasota School of Architecture through the act of minimizing overt structural expression. Although unlike many of Strang’s coastal designs in which the “shell” floats above the land and water, the Lake House is firmly grounded into its inland site through the use of a monumental plinth.

“The home incorporates important passive environmental design concepts that result in abundant day-lighting and cross-ventilation potential.”

- Max Strang

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Nested within the white, stucco shell are secondary volumes that relate to specific programmatic requirements. A narrow courtyard amplifies the arrival experience and creates a privacy barrier for the private realm of the home. The home incorporates important passive environmental design concepts that result in abundant day-lighting and cross-ventilation potential. Glazing on the south elevation is extremely limited and a mature oak tree filters afternoon solar heat gain.

Project Details

  • Site
    1.1
    Acre
  • Size
    4.2K
    SF
  • STATUS
    Pending
    Complete
ARCHITECT

[STRANG] Design

INTERIOR DESIGN

Susan Oakley Designs & [STRANG] Design

TEAM

Jason Adams, Maria Ascoli, Ben McGuirl, Max Strang

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Lester Collier & [STRANG] Design

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Alan Ulch Inc

PHOTOGRAPHY

Claudio Manzoni, Paul Warchol, Calder Wilson

ACCOLADES

AIA Miami Merit Award of Excellence (2012)