Surrounded by the sublime Canadian Shield landscape, the photographer’s studio over a boathouse on Stony Lake unites the inner and outer environments with a transparent curtain wall glazed in Cradle to Cradle-certified Starphire glass. Since north light is considered optimum for artistic pursuits, the structure was oriented and built to function as a giant north-facing window. The glass cuboid building is suspended atop a matte black granite plinth that also provides passive solar heating due to its high thermal mass.
The architects also took advantage of the lakefront setting to employ a fully renewable and energy efficient deep water source cooling system. The installation of an individually automated blind system and landscape plantings help mitigate solar heat gain. During the summer, the glazed panels slide open for ventilation.
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Via the tree mag
Left out all the most interesting stuff. What did it cost? Is it just seasonal? Where's the juice coming from for this so-called renewable heating system? Where's the wood heat source. Please tell me that the granite was local. Great moneyporn though. If everyone in the world had a SECOND home like this.....well....I guess we'd be fucked.