This fascinating glass house is also a lakeside photographer’s studio

Designed by Toronto studio GH3, the building is continuously diffused with natural light thanks to a north orientation, making it suitable for photographic production. The glass exterior offers engagement with the landscape and an ever-changing backdrop of lake views. A supporting, dark-looking granite plinth blends into the surroundings while supporting the spaces at the top like a light box.

The transparent facade, a continuous curtain wall of Starphire glass, is a functional skin system, providing not only the necessary lighting qualities, but also natural ventilation. Sliding windows in the skin of glass allow the frontage to open up during the warmer months to catch the breezes by the lake. A continuous automated blind system creates a second layer of functional skin, transforming the interior into an enclosed private space and the exterior into a reflector of its surroundings.

Supporting below, the granite structure shelters the boats, while providing thermal comfort and eliminating the need for active heating during the colder months. The south-facing entrance is accessible at the top of the granite plinth.

Inside, a cluster of programmatic functions and vertical circulation is arranged in a simple and efficient volume along the south, allowing the views to open up to the north. The mezzanine space suspended above the main living room combines sleeping, bathroom and wardrobe in a small footprint. A cohesive theme of spaces and layered views stretches from the outer skin to the interior. The interior partitions covered with seamless white lacquered panels let in the light.

The simple arrangement of order, beauty and landscape evident in the glass box creates a modernist living / working studio with decisive qualities of simple open spaces, interior and exterior connectivity, and material simplicity.

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