Christian Island

Christian Island

Architect
Van Elslander Carter Architects
Location
Georgian Bay, Canada
Project Year
2009
Category
Housing

Cristian Island Cottage

Van Elslander Carter Architects as Architects

This summer cottage is located on a First Nations island in Georgian Bay near Penetanguishene. The buildings are framed in spruce and clad in pine and were constructed entirely by local native carpenters.


A fragile layer of topsoil covers most of the island, supporting a mixed hardwood forest of birch, beech and maple trees. Ancient sand dunes below the surface have produced a widely varied topography that slopes gently toward a spectacular sandy beach.


A high ridge of land running the length of the cottage site establishes a strong natural orientation for building and movement through the landscape.

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