House by the Lake Blurs the Indoors With Surrounding Nature

A lakefront villa in India blurs the indoors with nature through jaw-dropping water views from every space, including a playful suspended net and a floating staircase.

Nestled in the picturesque location of Kamshet, Maharashtra, India, the mesmerizing House by the Lake (HBTL) invites visitors to enjoy views and to reconnect with nature. Designed by architecture and interior design firm, kaviar.collaborative, this vacation home embraces a seamless integration of architecture and nature, centered around a series of spaces with direct views of the lake and surrounding natural environment.

partial exterior view of modern stone house with glass enclosed section with floating stairsangled partial exterior view of modern stone house with swimming poolAt just over 10,000 square feet, the villa is large in size but designed with deliberate architectural choices. The front facade is designed to conceal the visitor’s view of the lake upon arrival, granting only small peeks of the water on the other side. However, once inside, you are immediately captivated by the views of the lake and the green landscape that surrounds it. Each of the villa’s six bedrooms, along with the living, dining, and recreational spaces, open directly onto the sprawling lawn or to decks that overlook the picturesque lake. With full-height openings spanning an impressive 10 meters, the boundaries between the house and the lake blur, creating a seamless connection and a truly immersive experience.aerial view looking down at modern stone house with elongated swimming poolJust a few steps outside is an elongated swimming pool with a blue mosaic tile pattern that rivals the blue skies.partial front exterior view of modern stone housepartial front exterior view of modern home entranceangled view of entrance hallway of modern house view of entrance hallway of modern housepartial interior view of large open living room with seating looking out to lakeA key design element that enhances the homeowner’s connection with nature is the sloping ceiling design, which gradually guides their vision towards the water.interior view of large open modern living room with stone walls and bank of glass windowsThe home’s interior boasts a muted palette of earthy colors to ensure that the lake and the surrounding nature remain the focal point. Shades of grey, beige, white, and black adorn the house, replacing glossy marble surfaces with textures of kota, local stone, concrete, and wood. These tactile elements provide a sense of closeness to the outside world, emphasizing the harmony between the interior and the exterior.angled view of modern living space with stone wall and suspended net seating areaThe home’s library is just above the living room on an elevated wooden platform. A black net is suspended offering a playful spot to enjoy the house and views from a different perspective.angled view of modern living space with stone wall and suspended net seating areaangled view of modern living space with suspended net seating area, wood floors and modern black wall shelvesangled view of glass enclosed seating area in modern houseangled view of glass enclosed seating area in modern housepartial interior view into room with black metal staircase with shelves underneathpartial view of modern living space with bar areaangled view of minimalist modern floating staircaseStone walls flank the central glass structure, extending outside to frame the views, as well as the floating wood staircase.view of minimalist modern floating staircase in front of window with woman walking upangled view into modern kitchenpartial view into modern kitchen made of wood and black cabinetsangled view into large open modern dining room with slanted ceilings and window wall looking to lakeview into large open modern dining room with slanted ceilings and window wall looking to lakecovered outdoor eating spacetall white hallway in modern homepartial view into modern powder bathroom with stone wall and sinkangled view of modern bedroom with open veranda with views of lakeangled view of modern bedroom with open veranda with views of lakeangled aerial view of large modern house on lakefrontangled aerial view of large modern house on lakefrontaerial side shot of modern lake house at twilightPhotography by Suryan//Dang – Saurabh Suryan and Lokesh Dang.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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