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Cedar walls, mirrors, the details of a woodland retreat nestled in Ontario by the Canadian Studio entitled UUfie. The small cabin, entitled Lake Cottage emphasizes an existent family house that resides beside the Kawartha Lakes. The new extensions adds a living room and dinning, the whole establishment being envisioned by Japanese architect Eiri Ota and Canadian architect Irene Gardpoit Chan of UUfie.
A steep, pitched roof has been wrapped in black steel; the two gabled ends are clad with cedar, latter charred to protect it from fire and termites.
“Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building,” the architects relate.
A small sheltered recess spans the front end of the cabin. Mirrored panels are covering the sides and ceiling alike reflecting an immense amount of light along with the entire landscape, the beautiful surroundings, the snow, trees and leaves finding a new refuge in the mirror plane.
The rectangular living room resides in the center whereas the dinning room is linked to the existing home.
A single log leads beautifully a staircase towards the first-floor attic where one could find pressure and balance alike under the protection of a steep roof. Wooden shingles decorate the inner face forming a scale-like armored visible from the living room through multiple internal windows.
Panels of timber, line walls, floors and ceilings form the inner skin of the cabin, a wood-burning stove creates a focal space of coziness and warmth for the cold months of winter.
Photography by Naho Kubota.
The minds behind UUfie further relate:
” Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building. In a forest of birch and spruce trees along the Kawartha Lakes, the cottage is designed as a two storey, multi-uses space for a large family. The structure composed of a 7 metre-high A-frame pitch roof covered in black steel and charred cedar siding. A deep cut in the building volume creates a cantilever overhang for a protected outdoor terrace with mirrors to further give the illusion of the building containing the forest inside.
This mixture of feeling between nature and building continue into the interior. The main living space is design as a self-contained interior volume, while the peripheral rooms are treated as part of the building site. Fourteen openings into this grand living space reveal both inhabited spaces, skies and trees, equally treated and further articulated with edges finishes of interior panel kept raw to show the inherit nature of materials used. This abstract nature of the interior spaces allows imagination to flow, and those spaces that could be identified as a domestic interior can suddenly become play spaces. A solid timber staircase leads to a loft which has the feeling of ascending into tree canopies as sunlight softy falls on wall covered in fish-scaled shingle stained in light blue.
Using local materials and traditional construction methods, the cottage incorporated sustainable principles. The black wood cladding of exterior is a technique of charring cedar that acts as a natural agent against termite and fire. Thick walls and roof provide high insulation value, a central wood hearth provides heat and deep recessed windows and skylights provide natural ventilation and lighting. “
Fluid interior exterior spaces have been sculpted for the Lake House summoning the living experience of a tree`s branch.
Project Title – Lake Cottage
Site Location – Bolsover, Ontario
General contractor – Level Design Build
Principal use – Cottage
Total floor area: 65.00sqm
Structure – Wood
How do you see this surreal Lake Cottage ? While it is transparent it`s certainly something that one cannot overlook ! Extreme beauty in a dense presence.