This modern wooden house is located in rural Iowa, Lake Okoboji and designed by MinDay. It designed to get the advantage from the lake with numerous oak trees which form beautiful a canopy around the lake. The design consists of series of spatial frames that provides owners with additional privacy when they are at home while the oak trees provides privacy to the owner from from the expanse of farmland beyond. The views of the lake and woods can be seen from the living areas, but it visually closed to neighbors on the sides. The exterior use sustainably-harvested Ipe cladding, concrete, and aluminum panels while the interior continues the theme of naturalism and also features a lot of wooden details and neutral colors.
“For a lake residence on a diminutive lot in rural Iowa we conceived of a house as a series of spatial frames that offer a focused and private experience on an otherwise densely populated shore. This second home sits in a resort area that appears as an oasis in the midst of the Midwestern ‘corn desert’. The owners desired a house that was ‘all about the lake’ and the oak trees that bound the lake from the expanse of farmland beyond. The house behaves as a 3-dimensional set of ‘blinders’ obscuring the neighbors while gradually opening to the lake beyond. Passing through the house one moves from areas of density to areas with a diaphanous quality while color and material texture intensify moving from open to intimate spaces.”