“Do no harm” applies to not only physicians, but also to working on projects that evoke such strong memories of working with HKP Architects founder, Henry Klein.
In 1993, a client commissioned HKP Architects (then the Henry Klein Partnership) to design a two-bedroom summer cabin on the shore of Lake Cavanaugh. The site was a ¾ acre peninsula bisected by a stream that overflowed its banks seasonally. The buildable area on the site was also significantly reduced by the lake’s seasonal rise and fall.
Embracing these site challenges, the original design separated the residence into two cabins, raised on columns, joined by an unconditioned bridge straddling the stream below. As an intern at the time, I truly appreciated the opportunity to work with Henry on such an interesting project.
Years later, and this time as a partner of the firm, I worked with new owners who wished to add another bathroom and space for yoga, music, entertaining, and overnight guests. All living spaces were to continue to be on one level, allowing for aging-in-place without restriction.
For both the owner and HKP, it was critical to respect the site and the intent of Henry’s original design. A third cabin would connect to the original cabins with a second enclosed bridge. This bridge, with operable glazed walls on both sides, gives the owners their choice of openness to the lake and courtyards. The new cabin offers a living space, office, murphy bed, storage room, bathroom, and overhead loft.
The impression from the water is of three distinct small cabins standing lightly on the land. Thirty years span the addition and the original buildings, yet they feel as if they are of one and the same project.