31 Jul '15, 1pm
Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada
The top-heavy retreat is split into two main volumes: the smaller lower level housing a dormitory-style bedroom and the mechanical rooms, and the larger upper level comprising two additional bedrooms at the rear and an open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living room in the cantilevered section. While the lower volume is clad in partially weathered steel to match the earthen base, the upper volume is mostly wrapped in horizontal strips of unfinished open-joint eastern white cedar to emphasize the building’s length. Both floors offer access to the outdoors with glazed sliding doors and outdoor decks. Large openings optimize natural ventilation and bring in cool air that blows off of the adjacent lake.