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Floating House, Pointe au Baril, Ontario, Canada

Monday 17 Nov 2008

Rising to the occasion

copyright: MOS, Photos: Florian Holzherr 
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MOS Office complete lake house in Ontario. 

This project intersects a vernacular house typology with the site-specific conditions: an island on Lake Huron. The location imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, in addition to annual cyclical seasonal changes compounded by escalating global environmental trends, causing water levels to vary drastically from month-to-month.

On the frozen lake near the shore, the fabricators constructed the house and floated it to the final site. It floats atop a structure of steel pontoons, allowing it to fluctuate with the varying water levels. For the envelope of the house, the architects experimented with the cedar siding of a vernacular house and designed a “rainscreen”, condensed to create enclosure but also filter light to the interior. It performs pragmatically reducing wind load and heat gain, while the modulation gives it a singular character.

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