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The trick to designing dwellings outside of city is to ensure, like Flowing Lake by David Vandervort Architects does, that the building fits in with its natural environment. With so many artificial materials to chose from, this can be an easy task within the urban jungle, but this luxurious cabin in the forest finds a way to make nice with the landscape around it.

This house in Snohomish County, Washington, embodies a scale that more accurately makes it a mansion. The design however, has a modest modern materiality that complements the trees, the trees, the sky and the water by which it stands. Dark wooden cladding decorates the exterior, interrupted only by floor-to-ceiling windows of the gorgeous view. Flowing Lake by David Vandervort Architects truly masters the balance between maximizing size and yet eliminating an imposing appearance.