TACT Design created this 3,600-square-foot house for a couple who wanted to set up a permanent home on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario, after relocating there from the city. It sits on a verdant 26-acre lot.
Shaded by the surrounding trees, and featuring a trellised overhang, the structure limits its auxiliary energy needs. A tight building seal also helps keep the interior climate cool.
A concrete floor slab also absorbs heat, helping to moderate the climate. The house doesn't require air conditioning. TACT conceived the minimalist interior scheme in order to place emphasis on the rich landscape just outside the windows. The house was carefully sited to maximize vistas at every turn.
Operable windows on the South- and North-facing facades allow cross ventilation The bedroom is spartan, save for an impressive view of the trees.
The interior and exterior are limited to natural materials: stone, wood, and concrete.