By : superkül
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Residential Building / Cottage & Country House : Platinum Winner
Designed for a family of four on a heavily wooded 90-acre site near Singhampton, Ontario, Woodhouse comprises a 19th-century log cabin and a new addition connected by a glazed corridor. The two building forms are cohesively unified through the expression of exterior cladding materials; riffing on the rough-hewn logs of the old cabin, charred cedar siding is a modern interpretation that ensures visual and textural continuity. Black aluminum tilt-and-turn windows create a seamlessly defined exterior envelope.
A linear sequence of spaces is divided by an exterior breezeway into public and private zones, encouraging year-round engagement with the elements. Sixteen-foot-long wood panels slide across the façade to fully enclose the breezeway, offering protection from even the harshest winter winds. Echoing the spatial qualities and warm, textured material palette of the interior, a dramatic vaulted ceiling features a bank of four north-facing skylights, opening up the space and refocusing attention from the horizontal plane of landscape beyond to the sky above, retaining an intimate, exhilarating connection to the natural world.
The architectural strategy prioritizes the seamless flow of interior and exterior spaces with as few visual, physical and mechanical barriers to the experience of the home and property. Numerous operable skylights and glazed walls that slide open further this objective, while eliminating the need for air conditioning in favour of passive ventilation.
Architect : superkül
Engineering : Moses Structural Engineers
Engineering : Bowser Technical
General Contractor : Jamie Korthals
Photographer : Alex Fradkin
Photographer : Kayla Rocca