These lakeside, riverside, and seaside homes embrace their proximity to water in a refreshing way. Take a peek at our editor’s favorite Dwell community homes of the week that cherish mother nature.


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1. White Snake House

Architect: AUM Pierre Minassian, Location: France

From the architect: “[This home was] a peculiar challenge … sculpted from concrete and glass perched on top of a lake. The house is composed of 2 slabs of white concrete. The level of the lower slab varies so that there are different levels in the house. In order to respect the environment and ecosystem of the lake we had to build a dyke around the building site to empty the area around the house.”



Photo by Erick Saillet

2. Deschutes House

Architect and interior designer: FINNE Architects, Location: Bend, Oregon

From the architect: “The Deschutes House is a river house, located on a narrow site facing the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. The house has been sited to preserve a beautiful stone ledge close to the water, with the main wood deck hovering a few inches above the stone. All the major spaces open up to the river, which usually has a continuous flow of water craft.”

Exterior view of house from Deschutes River

Exterior view of house from Deschutes River

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

3. Shoreline Residence

Architect: Peterssen/Keller Architecture, Location: Minnetonka, Minnesota

From the architect: “Situated on a picturesque site on the east shore of a lake, this new home is designed to bring the experience of the lake into the house. The large living and family rooms feature panoramic lake views through floor to ceiling windows, and a clerestory above creates a sense of openness and lightness to the spaces. Copper fascia on the roof edges and cedar under the eaves add a warmth in material and depth in texture to the otherwise simple roofline.”

Photo: Paul Crosby

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