The Walsh’s work in the urban core but want to truly wind down when they head home and casually entertain friends. They purchased a waterfront lot on Weatherby Lake with the vision of creating a “Modern Lodge.”

Project Name: Modern Lodge
Studio Name:
Kem Studio
Project size: 3052 ft2
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 3
Location: Weatherby Lake, North Kansas City, MO, United States
Photography: Bob Greenspan

Modern Lodge by KEM STUDIO - Sheet1
Living Room ©Bob Greenspan

The concept draws from the owners’ passion as a commercial photographer and the process of capturing an experience with a still photo. The house is two simple platonic forms, one resting on the other, pulled apart to create an aperture to the lake. The view is revealed once you enter the house, leaving the city behind and immersing yourself in lake living.

Modern Lodge by KEM STUDIO - Sheet2
Living Room+Kitchen ©Bob Greenspan

The main public space is a wood-clad, two-story volume filled with light and the lake view. This is contrasted by a crisp, white stucco volume housing the private functions. The house is physically connected to the lake with large stones extracted from the site.

Modern Lodge by KEM STUDIO - Sheet3
Bedroom ©Bob Greenspan

This project has won an AIA KC Design Excellence Award, a Platinum A’ Design Award, and an Archilovers Best Project Award.


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