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Architect's Challenge Showdown: Waterfront Escapes

By Berit Griffin July 26, 2013

Homes on the water are perennially popular, and for good reason. Who wouldn’t like the thought of gazing out beautiful windows to an ever-changing waterscape? Water provides all sorts of recreational opportunities and fun in all seasons. A waterfront home is something that almost everyone enjoys! And we are lucky enough to have many of them in the Architect’s Challenge Showdown. Take a look at a few of these gorgeous homes on the water.

The expansive and ever-changing marshes of the Massachusetts coastline proved to be the perfect location for a German family’s “American” home. By combining the client’s sophisticated European influences and contemporary taste with traditional New England shingle style, this project’s team created an international blend of design known to them as “Liberty Island.”

Liberty Island by Heidi Ah Condon of HC Design

The design for this new single-family residence on Lake Michigan was inspired by a study of ocean and lakefront properties from a variety of domestic locations. Each room is designed for a grand experience and view of the lake.

Shore Retreat by Fred Wilson of Morgante Wilson Architects, Ltd. 

A Connecticut family has summered on Cosey Beach in East Haven for more than 50 years. Each summer this close-knit family travels across the United States to enjoy the Cosey Beach Community and the special cottage nestled just a few feet from the sea. The scope of work for the project was to design a new, 2,500-square-foot, two-story winterized beach home, including indoor and outdoor spaces that respect the history and architectural charm of the original cottage but embrace a new modern design.

Connecticut Beach House by Peggy Rubens-Duhl of Fresh Architect: Peggy Rubens-Duhl, AIA

This destination residence nestles among the dunes on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The modern rustic styling boasts panoramic lake views through the expansive rhythm of windows. The residence sleeps 23 guests and has amenities for all ages including two accessible master suites with private decks, multiple living rooms, a sleeping loft, a theater, an atrium with an elevator, an indoor river, a private office, an open main kitchen, and large dining spaces for multiple families to gather in and relax.

Timber Hill Residency by Nicholas Blavat of Deep River Partners, Ltd. 

If one of these houses tickles your fancy, then don’t forget to vote for it before Round 3 ends!