Finger Lakes, New York
The residence at Combs Point is sited in a diverse natural world of glacial lake, deciduous and evergreen forest, valley and stream. It is both a center of activity and a quiet retreat for a family that treasures life on the lake.
From the fanning delta at the lake's edge, a delicate necklace of buildings stretches through a forested glen that leads to the waterfall at its head. An elevated boardwalk echoes the twisting course of the stream as it connects the buildings and eventually dissolves into a path leading to the falls.
Upstream, the guesthouse and office-exercise structures inhabit the narrow valley meadow with its forested edges. Downstream, the main building's large living space opens to a full view of the deep lake, broad sky and the weather.
Slipped into the site with a light touch, the residence and its outbuildings possess a transparency that reveals the richly varied qualities of this natural place.