For over forty years, Cutler Anderson Architects have been winning awards and turning heads with their geographically pertinent, polished designs, and this mini lake house (technically a pond house) is just one brilliant example. Located in northern Oregon, the Newberg House is a rare example of architecture that truly embodies the spirit of its surrounds, leaving nature undisturbed. The wooden house sits on a steel frame over the large pond, which attracts a large amount of natural wildlife all year round. This allows the inhabitants to swim straight from the deck , under the home even, to the smaller area of water at the entrance.
The entrance which is thoughtfully 150 feet from the parking area, guiding visitors along a track of forest and across a bridge before arriving at the building, meaning the ecosystem is undisturbed by engines and tyres. Once inside, the space opens out onto the large body of water, with a spectacular view of the natural exquisiteness of the site. Featuring a kitchen, living area and master bedroom, there is also an indoor mudroom connecting the home to the garage and an undercover walkway to a 550 square-foot guest house. Just one peek and it’s easy to see how this won the American Institute of Architects 2016 Housing Award for excellence in housing design.