Gallery: Ian MacDonald’s Meadow House Melts Into the Canadian Landscape


Situated one hour’s drive north of Toronto in a rolling pasture, Architect Ian MacDonald‘s Meadow House is a kind of modernist extension of the land. Profiled in Azure Magazine, the contemplative and integrated design is sensitive to its surroundings. The home’s 3000 square feet are neatly tucked below a hill, and the project’s profile is only betrayed by light scoops that rise well above the green roof.

The house is located in Grey Highlands, Ontario, a place that can see some pretty tough weather. The home’s low profile contributes substantially to its efficiency when arctic blasts come through. A ground source heat pump introduces efficient heat to the home. Similarly in the summer the heat is abated by deep southern overhangs over the windows which also allow for an outdoor living space. The two massive periscope windows flood the interior with light and open to produce a natural draft. The green roof is a key component in connecting the home with the landscape, allowing an existing old restored barn becomes the dominate feature, maintaining the historic views. The green roof is also a key player in the summer by allowing the house to keep its cool during the long, hot days.

A steel skin not only contrasts smartly with the landscape but is very low maintenance and completely recyclable at the end of it life. Inside the home dominated by open spaces crowned with fir glulam beams and a low impact roofing system. The bright interior is minimally fashioned, with a contemplative balance of tucked-in spaces and wide open views.

+ Ian MacDonald Architects

Via Azure Magazine

Photos Tom Arban Photography


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  1. realspace3d October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Amazing design, I really like the way the green roof blends in with the surroundings. We love working on these types of projects since they tend to create great renderings

    RealSpace 3D Renders and Animations

  2. joetrainor January 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Inhabitat is my fave architecture-related blog, and one my top blogs overall. I work for a Toronto-area architectural rendering company and love architecture so much I created my own modern architecture blog, focusing on futuristic green buildings and sustainable 21st century architecture. A feed from your blog regularly updates on mine!

    Please check out my blog sometime, your feedback will be appreciated!

    Peace from Toronto,


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