The site offered phenomenal views and complete privacy, which allowed the main pavilion to essentially become a glass box. The open concept living/cooking/dining pavilion connects to two levels of sleeping quarters. In order to reinforce the basic structure from Georgian Bay’s gale force winds and horizontal rain, the Douglas Fir columns and beams were reinforced with concealed steel knife plate connectors and wood braces. Despite substantial design and engineering fees, considerable transportation and logistical costs and no economy of scale, this project was completed for less that $200/sq.ft. This respectable cost was made possible by the extensive use of wood and local trades. This small cottage showcases the beauty, versatility and accessibility of wood architecture.
Program and Spatial Optimization
• Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of Site and Terrain
• Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
• Passive Solar Heating (Thermal Storage Mass)
• Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
• Natural Day-lighting
• High Performance Envelope Design
• Renewable and/or Recyclable Materials and Finishes
• Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
• Heat Recovery Ventilation
Materials: Douglas fir post and beam construction, fiberglass window system, pre-finished siding, and a steel roof.
Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
Date of Occupancy: 2004
SF: 1,100 sf
Architect: Altius Architecture Inc.
Lead Design Architect: Graham Smith