The Lake House at SweetGrass, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

TSW Architecture was chosen to design a community center for one of the southeast’s most spectacular settings… a mountain community at the base of Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Lake House at SweetGrass, just completed, is a 4,700 square foot clubhouse designed for community gatherings and lake-side activities. The facility features the main clubroom building, a fitness pavilion, and a screened pavilion for arts and crafts.

The facility is designed in what Jerry Spangler calls the ‘Old Blowing Rock Style.’ Large-scale poplar bark shingles are used as the principal cladding material; local “river slicks” stone is used at the base; and heavy cedar timbers frame the porches and breezeways. The clipped-gable main roof and pyramidal roofs of the side pavilions are intentionally low slung and organic in their forms, referencing the scale of the mountain setting.

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Broad view of the Lake House at SweetGrass

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A tighter shot of the Lake House at SweetGrass

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Zoom shot of the central building