Canadian studio AC covered this barn-like house on the Bruce Peninsula near Toronto in corrugated metal to make it look like an agricultural building.
Overlooking a lake in a wooded area called Devil’s Glen, the home was designed by StudioAC to minimize landscape impact while offering residents expansive views.
“The design process began with an on-site picnic, during which discussions focused on the natural elements of the site rather than the buildings,” the studio explained.
“That conversation inspired the ethics of future projects.”
The house is divided along an east-west axis, with the bedrooms to the north and the large living, dining and kitchen spaces to the south facing a decked terrace.
StudioAC offset these two sections slightly to provide a covered entrance and patio at each end, concealing the dramatic views of the lake upon entry, and allowing lake views to be seen through large windows in the living spaces.
”[We] One is to precisely position the house north, south, east, and west to take advantage of the sun’s path throughout the day, to take advantage of waterfront views, and to disturb natural habitats as little as possible. ” he explained in the studio.
“The second consideration was to have the roofscape function as a device to define light, a level of intimacy, and vantage points to the tree tops, water, and sky beyond.”
Designed for heavy winter snowfall, the house’s steeply pitched roof was used to create an attic-like space above the house, complete with skylights and hammock-like netting. It houses both a “sky viewing platform” and a “sky viewing platform”. lie down
The house is built on a concrete plinth, with exposed floors that contrast with the pale wooden panels that line the underside of the roof. This soft, minimalist interior palette is juxtaposed with the building’s metal cladding, created to mimic the metal huts that dot the surrounding countryside.
“The unique metal building choice was inspired by farm buildings in the area, and the uncolored galvanized specification increases robustness and reflects the hues of the landscape throughout the day. ” says StudioAC.
“In the interior, the simple application of white-painted drywall and plywood to the roofscape illustrates the architectural device while creating a backdrop for art, views, and daylight.”
StudioAC was founded in 2015 by architect Jennifer Kudratz and designer Andrew Hill.
The company often takes a minimalist approach to design, and has previously completed monochrome interiors for a Markham Chinese restaurant and a high-end cannabis dispensary in Toronto, complete with zigzag industrial grids.
Photographed by Félix Michaud.