Home Designs Published by Adeline Soós, Monday, February 27th 2017, 11:24:29 AM.
This beautiful modern house was designed with a vision by the clients, from a young couple looking to step away from the city behind to create a comfortable, sustainable modern home. The home that respects and becomes part of the forested terrain of their 26-acre lot. Particular care was to optimized the house for utilizing its natural resources while preserving the natural topography. The house is set into a clearing between two ridges of rock to the east and west. Set among the towering trees the house benefits from their natural shade and privacy while still allowing for spectacular views of the forest and Georgian Bay. The north side, the entrance is understated façade with minimum glazing. While inside, one could enjoy the view of the Georgian Bay captured by the large picture windows on the south side. The minimalist interiors design helps to focus on the view and compliments the rugged surroundings enhancing the beauty of the landscape and making it an integral part of the design. The simple restrained material pallet of stone, wood, concrete, and white walls contribute to the elemental feeling of the house..
Although built within restrained budged, This “Carling Residence” requires little from the site, the west and the east side have minimal glazing, reducing excessive heat gain. The concrete floors are the source of heat while also serves as a heat sink in the winter months and helps keep the home cool during the summer.
The heating is provided by a floor system that radiates heat with zoning system via a highly efficient boiler completed by a system for heat recovery. The house does not have, nor does it require an air conditioning unit for cooling. The south windows as well as the north windows are operable to allow natural cross ventilation. The design further contributes to the comfort of the home. the home feels natural with its cooling system. The strict use of materials and the focus for the balance of environmental and design impacts. Added with the optimization of the client’s prescribed budget has led to another quality of the home.
This house is a new insertion into a wonderful forested landscape. However, the design allows it to reside in this immaculate landscape as though it has always been an original part of the land. Architects / Designers: Tact Architecture. Design team: Michael Krus / Prish Jain / Barry Hajder. Photography: Terence Tourangeau.
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