Eels Lake

Eels Lake

Architect
Altius Architecture, Inc.
Location
Apsley, Canada
Project Year
2008
Category
Housing

Eels Lake

Altius Architecture, Inc. as Architects

Recipient of WoodWorks! Interior Wood Design Award


This project continues the Southern Ontario tradition of cottaging, while pushing the typology beyond one of occasional use into a year round dwelling. The home immerses itself in the surroundings, drawing from the beauty of the entire site, in addition to the powerful focus of the lake.


Clean, modern spaces, rich in material and texture, in concert with a solid sustainable foundation results in enduring architecture.


The side-split massing integrates naturally into the site; conforming to a subtle shift in the underlying Canadian Shield and minimizing the overall presence of the building on the site. The efficient steel and engineered wood structure allows a delicate glazed skin to wrap the main volume, emphasized by a simple roof plane that connects the main program elements.


We were able to incorporate a suite of green strategies, including a low-impact lake loop geothermal heating system, deliberate solar orientation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, a reflective (low albedo) roof membrane and local materials.


Altius Project Team: Architecture: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor Construction Management: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor, Neal Brinkman


Project Partners: Engineering: Blackwell - Bowick Partners Engineering, project leader - Christopher Cucco, Toronto Construction: Neal Brinkman & Sons, Apsley Mechanical: Havencraft, Bancroft

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