AUM Built a Glass House on the Surface of a Lake in France
Fittingly called the “White Snake House.”
Lyon-based architecture studio AUM decided to push the envelop of design when they convinced their client to build this White Snake House on a lake rather than the middle of a nearly 100-acre oak forest. Sitting atop the lake in a “L” shape that gives it its name, the house is raised above water level via a series of piles that connect to a white concrete floor slab — some become pillars extending to the roof slab. Encompassed by floor-to-ceiling glass, the architects said that, “all the materials are used so as to emphasize the minimalist style of the house.”
Positioned between two 150-year-old oak trees is a telescopic bridge controlled by the homeowners, the only way in and out of the compound. The actual entrance is near the center of the building assuring easy access to the kitchen, lounge and dining area for guests. A gym extends onto the lake and facing the lake is a swimming pool, separated from lake water by a dam that protects the existing ecosystem. Throughout the structure, glazed walls open up to connect the interior with nature and the surrounding decks while electronically controlled curtains provide privacy when needed.
Check out the White Snake House in the images above.
- Image Credit
- Erick Saillet