A Cotswolds lake villa by Mecanoo makes for the perfect waterside retreat

A Cotswolds lake villa by Mecanoo makes for the perfect waterside retreat

This lake house by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo takes living by the water to a whole new level. The structure, was not only designed to open up to the views of the lake and greenery around it, but is in fact built within the water – accessible by a single bridge that was carefully angled and calculated so that it doesn’t disturb the existing plant life. 

The house, a vacation home for a private client, is situated in Britain’s Lechlade, part of the famous Cotswolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire. The architects wanted to highlight and preserve the natural context as much as possible celebrating the leafy surroundings with large expanses of glazing and corner windows, to make the residents feel like they are virtually living on the water. 

The architects used timber and glass for the house’s cladding to help it blend easily into its natural surroundings. Photography: mariashot.photo

The house was ‘designed from inside out’, they explain, ‘creating uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature while providing shelter and intimacy’. A strong connection with the lake and the outdoors, as well as a modern yet classic design enhances the house’s ‘sense of timelessness’, they add. 

Inside, clean, streamlined aesthetics meet modern facilities, all set against the backdrop of a green oasis of trees that hides the house from view from the nearby plots and street. At the same time, the lake view is left open and uninterrupted. Full height voids and views through across different levels of the house underline this openness further. 

A terrace set on the lake side allows the residents an al fresco spot to sit back and take in the wonderful natural context and this retreat’s striking panoramic views of the water. §

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