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Devils Glen Cabin on Bruce Peninsula
26 Mar 2023
Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Photos by Felix Michaud
Devils Glen Cabin, Ontario
Devils Glen is located on the Bruce Peninsula, a few hours north of Toronto. The design process began with an on-site picnic, where a discussion focused more on the natural elements of the site rather than the building. That conversation inspired the ethic of the project to come.
The design began with two fixations, one having the house sited true to an NSEW to take advantage of the solar path throughout the day, the view to the water, and to avoid disturbing as much of the natural habitat as possible. The second fixation was to have the roofscape act as a device to shape light, levels of intimacy, and vantage points to the treetops, water, and sky beyond.
The house is organized in two linear bars, one with sleeping quarters and the other with open living space. A modesty to the plan uses a simple grid of 12’ x 16’ for living spaces and 12’ x 12’ for sleeping to enable unobstructed life to exist within. A simple shift of the two bars produces a covered terrace facing the water and a covered porch at the entry, while simultaneously increasing privacy for both the primary bedroom and the secondary bathroom facilities. This shift in the bars, and the siting of the house, also conceals the view of the water upon arrival to the site. Once you enter the house, the landscape and water are revealed via vignette style windows facing the forest, as well as an expansive glass wall facing the lake.
The plan is capped with a seemingly simple roof that structurally and formally responds to the extensive snowfalls that can happen in the area. Modesty is observed in the roof’s formal and structural concept using framed and clad trusses to increase lateral stability, but these have a dual purpose. While the exterior face of the roof is consistent, freedom was observed with what could be done with the partition between the two bars above the height of the primary walls. Within each bay, this partition is allowed to sway from left to right, sometimes producing an intimate gable, a grand shed, or a funnel of light. This tactic is played further in the form of a sky-gazing platform that brings you up into this roofscape to view the treetops, clouds, and stars.
The choice of a singular metal building was inspired by farm buildings in the area, and a robust galvanized spec, free from finish colours, increases the robustness and reflects the hues of the landscape and sky throughout the day. On the interior, a simple application of white painted drywall and plywood on the roofscape diagrams the architectural device, while producing an unfretted backdrop for art, views, and sunlight.
Devils Glen Cabin in Bruce Peninsula, Ontario – Building Information
Architects: StudioAC – https://www.archcollab.com/
StudioAC Team: Jonathan Miura, Jennifer Kudlats, Andrew Hill
Structural engineering: Honeycomb
Construction management: HCR Building INC.
Photos: Felix Michaud
Studio for Architecture & Collaboration is an interdisciplinary architectural practice based in Toronto led by Andrew Hill and Jennifer Kudlats. The practice was founded in 2015 and has since received numerous accolades, appearing in a number of publications internationally, and included on Azure Magazine’s list of 30 Canadian Architecture Firms Breaking New Ground. StudioAC was also named 2019 Emerging designer of the Year by the Design Exchange and RBC.
StudioAC works closely with clients, consultants, and contractors at every stage of its work, from conception to realization. The studio believes that any problem presents limitless opportunities, and they address each new project with enthusiasm and willingness to listen in order to create something unique and special.
StudioAC is registered with the Ontario Association of Architects.
Photography: Felix Michaud
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Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
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