Lily Lake Residence
“From various spots in both residences, such as in the house by the living room's fireplace mantel, one can enjoy an expansive view of the farm's sparkling pond. This combination of natural stone and water, architecture and agriculture, present and past, make Lily Lake Residence unique.”
Situated in the Northeastern Pennsylvania agrarian landscape, this residence is rooted in its circumstance of rolling fields, high grass, dry laid stone walls, farm structures and lakes; sited on a farm dating from the early 1900s.
An existing stone cottage sits near the upper corner of one field, among several mature trees. The owners wished to live in a residence that incorporated the existing stone cottage as well as sensitively relating to the special nature of the surrounding landscape.
The modest stone cottage has been preserved. A new linear wooden structure is situated between the stone cottage and a pond; parallel to an existing stone wall. The milled timber structure has been rigorously organized and detailed. This structure does not impose on the stone cottage; rather it is pulled free and linked via a delicate glass passage. A library and small loft reside in the stone cottage, while the garage, living and sleeping areas are contained within the new wooden structure.
The Lily Lake Residence is a thoughtful modernist intervention into an evocative agrarian landscape that is both sensitive and exacting.