Sited on a lake near Bracebridge, this small-footprint family cottage was designed to integrate with its natural surroundings and minimize its environmental impact. The clients were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and something more modern.
The creation of a sculptural wood form bridged this gap, simultaneously imbuing the project with an aesthetic warmth, in a cost-effective manner that capitalized on the strength of the local carpentry trades. The sculptural reading of the form relies to a great degree on its material continuity. Cedar was used throughout to achieve this – on the interior walls and ceilings, on the roof, and as exterior cladding.
Large wood-frame windows and doors overlook the lake to the south, and provide access to a long cedar deck. As the untreated cedar boards and shakes weather and bleach out over time, the cottage will blend further into its landscape.
The name of the cottage – ‘Stealth Cabin’ – refers to this material and formal blending.