Two architects collaborate on a one-of-a-kind project that provides lessons in comfort, craft, and flexible living at all stages of life.
Synopsis: North Carolina architects Sarah Susanka and Tina Govan collaborated on the design of this one-of-a-kind retirement home, which was inspired by the traditions of Adirondack and Japanese architecture. Located on a truly spectacular lakefront property, with panoramic views of the water and mountains beyond, the house is designed to meet the needs of the owners as they age as well as to be flexible enough to accommodate frequent visits from family and friends. The main article is by Susanka, and there’s an extensive sidebar by Govan on ways to design a house that works in concert with its landscape. Photo: Tina Govan
It has always seemed odd to me that we would call the season of life when people stop working for a steady paycheck “retirement,” as if it were from life itself, when for retirees I’ve worked with over the years, this is really the time they…