Villa on the Lake by Mecanoo

Mecanoo, a studio founded in Delft, the Netherlands, in 1984, has designed Villa on the Lake. Located in Lechlade, United Kingdom, the house has 6,000ft² (557m²) of internal space and 4,000ft² (372m²) of terraces.

The guiding design principle was to create a house that combines transparency with sustainability, forging a strong relationship between the villa and the landscape. The harmony between landscape and interior, architecture and nature, was a key design determinant, particularly regarding sight lines, materials, colours, and lighting.

The house is designed from inside out, creating uninterrupted views to the surrounding nature while providing shelter and intimacy. All these aspects work together to ensure the house’s sense of timelessness. The villa is situated in a green oasis of trees and plants that hide the house from view.

— Mecanoo

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Photographs by, Blue Sky
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