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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