Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Created A Remote Retreat In Ontario Forest
Nestled into a wooded hillside in Ontario, this residence made by a US firm and a Canadian studios has large glass walls offering picturesque views
The Bear Stand is situated a three-hour drive northeast of Toronto, on a remote wooded site along the shores of Contau Lake. The 3,425-square-foot (318-square-metre) dwelling was built as a vacation rental by clients who had a personal attachment to the area.
The team said:
“Recalling childhood adventures exploring the surrounding lakes and forest, the clients wished to share this unique place with others by creating a place of reprieve to be rented to vacationing families,”
The project was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in association with its affiliate studio in Canada, Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects, which has offices in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
Lost in the middle of the forest into a hillside, the two-storey holiday home is composed of rectilinear volumes wrapped in black fibre-cement panels, stained cedar and glass. The cabin’s rhythmic facade aspire to “mimic the lines of the forest”. Exposed, glue-laminated Douglas fir beams support a vast roof that extends far beyond the exterior walls.
Primary living and dining spaces are situated on the ground level, so they can open directly onto the landscape. Sleeping and bathing spaces on the second floor, providing sweeping views of the scenic terrain.
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“The two levels are connected by a glazed stair volume adjacent to the hillside and anchored by a monolithic fireplace clad in locally sourced granite”
Dispersed throughout the cabin are spaces for relaxation, such as a sauna, a Japanese-style ofuru soaking tub and a furnished screened-in porch.
Interior finishes include wire-brushed walnut flooring, handcrafted tiles and windows lined with fir. Benches and bar tops were fabricated using wood reclaimed from a nearby barn. The team said:
“This rich palette of materials lends a tactile softness to the building that blends seamlessly with the natural environment”
The property offers canoe docks and boardwalks, along with a private network of trails that were created by the client. The team added:
“Vehicular access ends at the property, which backs onto government Crown Lands, creating a truly remote sensory experience”
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