The west elevation facing the lake through a woodland setting.
The "tower" and north-west facing corner window.
View of the "tower" from below.
View of the south gable end window.
Northern white cedar "novelty" cut siding with mitered corners.
A detail of the fine craftmanship that went into finishing the exterior.
North-west corner window viewed from the interior.
Ground Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Located in one of the world's most beautiful and secretive places on a small island in Lake Champlain, the Island House is intended as a retreat for a couple who want to live closely to nature. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses and based on a traditional Japanese plan, the building is designed as a series of inter-connected units with public and private spaces, a guest wing, a meditation hut, and a tower. The Island House uses a post-and-stresskin panel construction technique which allowed the building to be assembled like a kit. Each panel was pre-cut to size, with window and door openings, before being brought out by boat to the site, then re-assembled on a post & joist frame set on a pier foundation.
While the interior finishing of the Island House is on-going, the slides above give a view to select drawings and a finely crafted exterior. Scroll through the filmstrip below to follow the context, design and construction.