From an abandoned campground to a modern ‘Great Camp’, Balzer and Tuck designed this award-winning waterside retreat in Bolton Landing, New York. Today, the Northwest Bay Residence serves the client as both a comfortable single-family home and a gathering place for three generations of family.
Drawing from the historical camps of the region, the design is defined by low-slung roofs, deep overhangs, exposed timbers, and locally-quarried stone. The linear arrangement follows the shoreline, takes advantage of views, and creates flexible open spaces for both intimate living and public entertaining.
Capitalizing on the sloping site, Balzer and Tuck introduced a three-story design to reduce the overall footprint. The three stories also create a sense of separation between private and public spaces, with sleeping areas above and below the main level
Outside the main house, the existing waterfront structure was reconfigured to remove portions that extended beyond the high water mark. This renewed outbuilding serves as the recreation center and provides overflow guest accommodations.