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 clients, a married couple, had mixed feelings about going completely modern with their cabin's aesthetic, so the architects created a sculptural wood form to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary.
With windows recycled from a Toronto skyscraper, this Ontario home is both a rustic cabin and high-tech, eco-friendly retreat.
A light-filled cube set against a picturesque background, this Newfoundland studio is a delightfully minimal retreat.
Montreal's APPAREIL Architecture drew upon several principles of Nordic vernacular to optimize sunlight and warmth for this cabin in Quebec. The result is a rustic home that muses on the similarities between architecture across all northern climates.
On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, two families forged a new kind of vacation complex, not quite one house and not quite two, that can accommodate both families at once under the shelter of a giant covered porch.
Made mostly of recycled materials without benefit of power tools, this tiny island cabin near Winnipeg initially consisted of nothing more than a 10-by-21-foot sleeping pavilion shared by four family members. Eventually, the residents added a 12-by-24-foot dining pavilion/guest cabin across a 25-foot mass of deck and boardwalks.
Beside the Georgian Bay in Ontario, architect and partner at Toronto's CORE Architects Charles Gane built a cottage getaway for himself that combines urban building practices with rugged self-sufficiency. The aluminum window system and flat roof are common characteristics of Toronto's high-rises, while the cedar shingles belong to cottage vernacular.