LAKE HOUSE

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The Sotheby's International Realty firm is selling Lake House for the astounding price of $80 million. Immediately one wonders what unique feature could this mansion possibly possess as to merit such a robust price tag? The answer is not one but several: location, design, amenities and, of course, the neighbours.

The spectacular Lake House, designed by the South African firm SAOTA along with SRA Kössler & Morel Architects, is situated on the shore of the largest lake in the Alps, Lake Geneva in Switzerland. This very provocative modern construction was planned boldly to take full advantage of the triangular property. The house plan is divided into two main blocks, one for the common areas and the other for living quarters. Both blocks are linked by a glass fronted, channel-like sub-level of nearly 20 metres in length that resembles an openly visible cellar. In fact, the sub-level is one of the outstanding features of the house, for from behind its glass front are views of the fabled lake itself, and housed within are the multimedia room, a fully appointed spa and an indoor pool. And for anyone interested in displaying an extensive automobile collection, the rear of the space is equipped with an enormous garage.

Within the main building, the seemingly endless windows of the living room simply erase the boundaries between the interior and the outside; to describe it more precisely, this most fascinating feature of the house very much resembles a vast wall of curved crystal. This is the part of the house where, along with the living room, the dining room and a huge professional kitchen are located. The ceilings are so high that an elevator is available to access the family room on the mezzanine. Crossing the leisure areas of the channel sub-level will deliver one to the block of living quarters. This part of the house has three generously sized en suite bedrooms, each with its own dressing room, along with the studio, a guest bedroom and a conference room.

The location of the house is sufficiently close to the charming city of Genthod to easily access all of its amenities, yet far enough removed to ensure a relaxed atmosphere. And the future owner of the house will be a neighbour of Michael Schumacher and Phil Collins, as many celebrities appreciate the tranquillity of the city and the charm of the Creux-de-Genthod harbour. The contemporary and serene beauty of Lake House make it the perfect refuge for forgetting the problems of the world while still enjoying the comforts that civilization offers.

Photos courtesy of SAOTA
www.saota.com