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Gobbler's Mountain House

Dake Wells Architecture

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3,600 sq. feet



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Located at the apex of a steeply sloped peninsula on Table Rock Lake, this residence is sandwiched between older lake houses on a tiny, wedge-shaped lot. With neighbors immediately to the east and west, and direct access to the lake shore to the south, the house works to block unwanted views while framing spectacular ones. At 3,600 square feet on two floors, the plan fills the site from east to west, intentionally shielding views of the lake as visitors arrive at the discrete north entrance. The program is organized into two bars, one public, one private, with an open stair in the resulting wedge-shaped center. As one enters the house between the bars, expansive lake views are gradually revealed. A linear skylight over the stair admits generous amounts of daylight to both floors of the house. Each bar is capped with a thin gabled roof on delicate steel trusses inspired by the thin, metal roofs of nearby boat docks and the Kimberling City Bridge. The skylight is then sculpted by the need to shed water, while expressing the form of the necessary crickets on the interior space.
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