New York-based design and architecture studio Worrell Yeung has designed a beautiful family vacation retreat on the edge of Connecticut’s Candlewood Lake. The modern house serves as a masterclass in clean lines, contemporary architecture and minimalist design.
The space occupies an area of 4,900 square meters and is mainly constructed of in-situ concrete. The space allows for large windows that offer panoramic views of the lake below. Building and designing a house inspired by the natural environment formed the basis of this project.
Architecturally, the house is built with cantilevered horizontal roof planes that flow over the steep site to the water, merging the property into its natural environment. Local materials such as limestone and warm wood siding are also used throughout.
“The premise was to provide a direct relationship with the lakeside landscape and a platform to experience space and nature,” said Max Worrell, co-director of Worrell Yeung.
‘Part of the aim of the project was to minimize the presence of the house and its perceived size from the street. In the end, we layered planes and stacked volumes to break up the mass of the house as it descends the hill,” adds Max’s partner, Jejon Yeung.
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In the kitchen, Worrell Yeung’s designers have used organic, warm materials – such as the wooden kitchen cabinets – to provide a contemporary translation of the surrounding landscape.
Oak floors and walnut cabinetry and paneling help to bring the outside in for a soft and understated feel, while glossy glass oven hood provides a fresh contrast that reflects the view outside. Quartzite countertops add to the clean, minimalist design and also hint at the rocky lake shore outside.
A large living room with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors overlooks the outdoor deck and the lake beyond for a truly relaxing view. Furnishings such as the gray sofa and geometric patterned rug create a soft, calming atmosphere, aided by the neutral color scheme.
One of the most impressive features of the house is the light wooden staircase with floating cantilevered steps. Combined with the vertical wooden siding outside, this contemporary look offers an aesthetic appeal like no other.
In an example of minimalist interior design, the bedrooms have been reduced to the basics. The large windows in the master bedroom overlook and help the residents fall into a blissful sleep. Meanwhile, a sense of luxury is injected into the space with the addition of a leather armchair and studded footrest.
The master bath is another highlight. Continuing the neutral color palette throughout the rest of the house, Carrara marble mosaic bathroom floor tiles ground the space, while blue Savoyard marble slabs line the walnut-finished tub and shower.