LS3P|Neal Prince Studio’s house at Paw Paw Point, a 3-story residence set upon a gently sloping peninsula on the northern shore of Lake Keowee, has been featured in Houses for all Regions: CRAN Residential Collection, a prestigious national publication. The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) of the American Institute of Architects selected the project for the first in a series of books focused on architectural designs which are sensitive to site and climate. Particular climate zones addressed in the first edition include arctic, temperate, tropical/sub-tropical, and semi-arid. The series addresses designs which respond to the unique topography and climates of each region, with sustainable designs which respond to variations in climates through building orientation, passive solar design, regional materials, or the use of natural light. Featured projects include designs from the United States, Australia, and Europe.
The 5,200 SF home offers an unparalleled vista from its waterfront site. The home forms a narrow bar stretched across the site to afford a spectacular view from every major space within. The homeowners desired a casual living environment expressed through a mountain vernacular design vocabulary, and the use of readily available indigenous rustic materials such as natural fieldstone and cedar shingles.
John Edwards, AIA, Practice Leader of LS3P|Neal Prince Studio, explains that Pawpaw Point is named for the small native tree Asimina triloba found on the home’s waterfront site. “The design is an exercise in layered contexts, including fond memories of the owner’s childhood mountain home,” he says. “At Pawpaw, we sought to create a series of year-round waterfront living spaces, responsive to climate and place. We enlarged indoor rooms with connected outdoor spaces, each extending the home to specific settings, views, lake activities and events. Sunrise and sunset each have their own porches.” The result is a quiet retreat that fits seamlessly into its surrounding environment.
Photographer: Kris Decker | Firewater Photography, LLC