Steven Harris Architects, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, and Rees Roberts and Partners Transform a Lakefront Property in Florida
2021 Best of Year winner for Residential Transformation
As you approach this lakefront property by Steven Harris Architects, a simple white-stucco facade conceals the spatial complexity and nuanced sophistication lying beyond. Crossing the shell-paved entry court, you are greeted—à la Odysseus—by a live oak growing through one wall. You’re then guided to a glass-walled courtyard enclosing more ancient oaks, native plantings, and a lap pool, its surface fairly reaching the stone-slab floor plane of the airy spaces shimmering alongside it. Nearly every room in the 8,000-square-foot, single-story house looks out over the lake, sky, and sloped site. “By keeping the house relatively low and the vegetation lush, the project feels simultaneously private and generous,” Interior Design Hall of Fame member Steven Harris says of the cantilevered roofline and the tropical landscaping by the firm of fellow Hall of Famer Lucien Rees Roberts. Curvaceous, relaxed furnishings—supple leathers, richly textured fabrics, plush rugs, abundant wood—masterminded by Jessica Helgerson feel at once a contrast to the rectilinear architecture and a continuation of the natural surroundings. “We strove for comfort, livability, and a quiet palette that would make room for the architecture,” Helgerson says of the collaboration, “which in turn was designed to make room for the beautiful site.”
Steven Harris, Manuel de Santaren, and Rees Roberts + Partners Team Up on a Maine Estate Outbuilding
Steven Harris teams with Manuel de Santaren and Rees Roberts + Partners on a coastal Maine estate’s outbuilding that nods to history while serving a present-day extended family.
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Melds Nature and Architecture for a Residential Development Outside of Mexico City
2021 Best of Year winner for Beauty/Spa. If ever there was a harmonious melding of nature and architecture, it is this 914-acre residential development, located approximately 100 miles southwest of Mexico City. Lake Avá…
Best of Year Awards 2021
Interior Design celebrates design in all its forms with the 2021 Best of Year Awards. See the winner’s gallery here.