On Rainy Lake in Ontario, a cedar-clad cottage extends almost naturally from an outcrop of volcanic rock. Like organisms that have adapted to a harsh climate, the home’s two volumes bend with the glacier-formed ridge, their steel foundation bolted firmly to the basalt.
Fashion photographer Chris Nicholls and model and photo retoucher Lorca Moore travel the globe for work, often to locations with breathtaking architecture and high-design interiors. They had been living in a roughly 14-foot-wide semidetached house in Toronto’s Beach neighborhood for over a decade, and, though it had provided years of good use, it was no longer exciting. They pondered moving. However, the house and its location, just a stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Ontario, were too difficult to leave behind—so they decided to renovate.
Sited on a lake near Bracebridge, Ontario, this small-footprint family cottage was designed by Toronto firm superkül to integrate with its natural surroundings and minimize its environmental impact.
The house that TACT Architecture built in Toronto’s Cedarvale neighborhood for Vince and April Casali is as provocative as one of Richard Serra’s massive steel sculptures. It, too, features Cor-Ten—in burnt-orange panels on the facade—and is a thing of beauty or a behemoth, depending on the perspective.
Kevin Weiss of the Toronto firm Weiss Architecture and Urbanism designed this private boathouse and dock for a family on an island in the archipelago in Georgian Bay, Ontario.