Perched on top of a rocky hill overlooking a lake, the aptly named Lakehouse is a retreat from the bustling Indian city of Hyderabad. Collective Project designed the home to feel like a fortress from the front with a granite facade. But from the back, the home is clad in timber and glass, allowing it to open up to the lake.
”From the road, the building appears solid and heavy, concealing the panoramic view with a lush landscape that is foreign to the hot and dry climate of the city,” Collective Project told Dezeen.
Instead of leveling the terrain, the architects propped up the house on a slightly elevated steel structure. This created the effect of a stack of hard-edged cubes sitting atop jagged, uneven land.
Inside, the house merges the disparate cubes together, creating rooms that stretch wide and tall. The ground floor includes the main living space plus a guest bedroom, both getting cinematic light.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is its own cube with tiber-wrapped walls and ceilings, plus wall-to-wall windows. Finally, the house opens onto a timber deck with a pool where swimmers get a gorgeous view of the lake below.