Replacing an Old Shack with a Contemporary Weekend Retreat: Watershack

Replacing an Old Shack with a Contemporary Weekend Retreat: Watershack

Having a small place to go on weekends can be a blessing. In this particular case, the clients had a budget of $160,000 to spruce up their old vacation home, but the architects from Studio Twenty Seven Architecture proposed building a brand new contemporary residence for the same price of improving the old shack. The challenge of creating a gorgeous modern home for the family to retreat to resulted in a dream house constructed with minimal use of materials and maximum architectural creativeness: “a kit-of-parts assemblage was employed to construct a two-story volume of prefabricated structural insulated panels.” The new two-storey weekend getaway takes advantage of beautiful river views in a successful attempt of offering the best place for the family to relax surrounded by nature. Its placement and orientation allows the residence to connect to the landscape: “The house visually bridges the land and river yet is conceptually disconnected from the site, floating several feet above grade on piles, implying notions of mass production and a riverside site“. The last picture will show you how the Watershack looked before the inhabitants decided to modernize it. You will be amazed.

 

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7 comments

  • mike June 6, 2011 at 20:11 PMLogin to Reply →

    I love this house. Is it for sale?

  • robyn list June 6, 2011 at 23:57 PMLogin to Reply →

    That is an amazing transformation on such a small budget! Would such a construction suit a cool climate though… high ceilings and prefab insulated panels.

  • Dan Martin June 7, 2011 at 02:10 AMLogin to Reply →

    This story proves that retreats in the country do not have to be ‘rustic’ or Western. Instead urban, modern designs can be implemented and integrated beautifully.

  • Rebuilding the old house became the Family Retreat | Home Design Ideas, Decorating and Furnishing June 7, 2011 at 04:00 AMLogin to Reply →

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  • great interior design June 7, 2011 at 08:49 AMLogin to Reply →

    simple and minimalist house….yeah……

  • homeindo June 7, 2011 at 16:06 PMLogin to Reply →

    the way it is built it seems like that the architect know everything how to make such concrete and modular house design..what a really cool house design it is!

  • Rebuilding the Old House Became the Family Retreat » designofarchitecture.com June 16, 2011 at 13:24 PMLogin to Reply →

    […] Its placement and orientation allows the residence to connect to the landscape: “House of visual land bridge and the river but it is conceptually disconnected from the site, floating a few feet above grade on the stack, implying the notion of mass production and riverside sites. ” At the end of the last image shown to you how Watershack before the fox, you will be amazed by the results made. via […]