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Northwest Bay Residence

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Northwest Bay Residence

Lake George, NY
2009 Merit Award from AIA Eastern New York

Aware of the adverse impacts created by disturbing a waterfront site, this family searched to find a pre-developed site that would support their goal of creating a gathering space for three generations of family and friends. The parcel they found was an abandoned campground that had been approved for a multi-lot subdivision that provided an existing intermittently paved access drive, a sandy beach and a waterfront structure previously used for the storage and servicing of rental boats.

The program of the main structure was to incorporate a flexible open living space that is both comfortable when filled with extended family and intimate when serving as a single family home. The response was to provide a linear arrangement that would allow for each space to take advantage of the views across the bay. The main level serves as the public core of the home with sleeping rooms located both above and below. The three story approach is well suited to the sloping site and, when combined with the overflow space provided by the existing outbuilding, allows for a reduced overall footprint. The aesthetics of the home were derived from the language of the Great Camps with their low slung roofs, deep overhangs, exposed timbers, and locally quarried stone resulting in a composition that has a regional and timeless quality. The existing waterfront structure has been reconfigured, removing portions which extended beyond the high water mark, and greatly reducing the once expansive dock area. The outbuilding now serves as the recreation center for the home as well as overflow guest accommodations.

Site development for this project included the removal of a multi-stall outhouse pavilion, buried motor fuel storage & pump station, and areas of existing paved parking. Additionally, the homeowners incorporated native vegetation and a naturalized aesthetic which obviates the need for irrigation systems, fertilization and any lawn maintenance equipment or services. This approach in combined with other passive storm water management systems has eliminated site runoff with the exception of the 100 year storm, which has been substantially reduced by 58%.