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Marvin Architects Challenge: Brown's Bay Residence

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Today we are featuring the winner of the Best Transitional home from the 2015 Architects Challenge–the Brown’s Bay Residence, designed by Mark Larson of Rehkamp Larson Architects. This home sits on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

This new construction home is both grand and comfortable. Facing the lake’s Brown’s Bay, a continuous wall of glass looks out over the water while connecting all the public spaces of the home from end to end. Rich wooden texture adds to the cozy exterior feel, while expansive views of the rolling yard open up the interior. An art gallery within the large, ground-level hallway acts as the main spine of the home. Marvin made the continuous wall of windows possible, providing an ever-present view of the lake and surrounding site.

The Brown’s Bay Residence was honored as the winner of the Best Transitional Home Category in the Architects Challenge. One of our judges commented: “Nice riff on the lake house traditions. The exterior is casual but purposeful. I love the way the relatively solid shingled second story and gables seem to rest on a glassy base. The interiors are unexpectedly dramatic.”

This home is a great example of architecture that straddles the line between traditional and contemporary styles. Let’s take a tour…

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