Photographer’s Studio over a boat house
on Stoney Lake by gh3

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Slideshow: this glass pavilion on the edge of a lake in Ontario, Canada, houses a studio, apartment and boathouse for a photographer and was designed by Toronto Studio gh3.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

A dark granite plinth supports the glazed upper walls of the building, spanning the height between ground level and the water's edge.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

Boats are stored inside this supporting structure, while the studio and residence are located on the upper floor and mezzanine above.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

During warmer weather the glazed walls of the building can slide open for ventilation, while more sliding walls provide separation inside the house between the studio and en suite bedroom.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

You can see more projects in Canada here, including a group of plywood skating shelters.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

Photography is by Larry Williams.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The text below is from gh3:


Photographer’s Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake is a reimagination of the archetypal glass house in a landscape.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

A continuation of thinking about this architectural ambition, the central conceit of the glass house is reconceived through a contemporary lens of sustainability, program, site and amenity.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The compelling qualities of simple, open spaces; interior and exterior unity; and material clarity are transformed to enhance the environmental and programmatic performance of the building, creating an architecture of both iconic resonance and innovative context–driven design.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The program envisions a building as north–facing window: a photographer’s live/work studio that is continuously bathed in diffuse and undiminished natural light.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The transparent facade—a continuous curtain wall glazed in Cradle to Cradle–certified Starphire glass—becomes the essential element in a photographic apparatus to produce images unobtainable in a conventional studio.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The availability and fidelity of north–facing light in the double-height space provide the photographer with unparalleled natural illumination, while the clarity of the glazing transforms the site and surrounding vistas into a sublime, ever–changing backdrop.

Photographer’s Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The compact glass form sits at the water’s edge on a granite plinth whose matte black facade dematerializes to suspend the building, lantern-like, on the site.

Photographer’s Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The granite’s thermal mass exploits the abundant solar input, eliminating the need for active systems on winter days, while the lakefront site allows the use of a deep-water exchange to heat and cool the building year–round through radiant slabs and recessed perimeter louvers at the floor and ceiling.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

Sliding panes in the glass skin—three metres wide at the ground floor, and one and a half metres wide on the mezzanine floor—allow the facade become completely porous for natural ventilation, while an individually automated blind system, white roof, and deciduous hedgerow guard against excessive solar gain.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

The continuous blind system additionally serves as a second aesthetic skin, transforming the interior into an enclosed, intimate space, and the exterior into a gently reflective mirror of the surroundings.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

Entry into the site is facilitated through a minimalist landscape that deploys endogenous materials while leaving the greatest portion of the site in its evocative, glacier-scoured state.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

A simple granite plinth serves as threshold for the south-facing entrance, where solid program functions and vertical circulation are arranged in a narrow, efficient volume.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

From the outset, the goal was too accommodate the clients programme within a small footprint, so domestic functions are integrated into a furniture-like mezzanine assembly suspended above the main space, where bedroom, bathroom and closet are coextensive, and sliding fritted glass allows the whole to be concealed from the rest of the space.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

Throughout the upper and lower levels, interior partitions are clad with seamless white lacquered panels whose reflective qualities diffuse light into every part of the interior and create complex layered views through the space.

Photographer's Studio over a boat house on Stoney Lake by gh3

  • HBKZ

    Would be interesting to see it from the lake to see how it reacts to the context.

    • mmmhhh

      Hello, I think it doesn't react to the context, you see it's a building so it is basically inert. Animals and plants however do react to the context. Best, Jean Uffle.

  • https://www.facebook.com/juliette.lent Juliette Page Lent

    I would love to bring my family chaos to this pad…….

  • katie

    wow!
    a room for a boat ! don't have a boat but I want one too :)
    Very nice project :)

  • http://www.pasinga.com Antje

    what an amazing place – stunning

  • http://cargocollective.com/arcalign ArcAlign

    I'd really like to live in this horse.

  • Chris

    Why do they let the horse in the house but keep the dogs outside?

  • Raffe

    Are the dogs stuffed as well as the horse ?

  • david

    Snow loading on that roof?!!

    • vertigo66

      David: Architects from Toronto probably understand snow loads, not to mention local building codes.

      • David

        No way.

        Sorry if my comment is so vague; it is (meant to be) congratulatory in the sense they have not used a steep-pitched roof. I'm in awe seeing a flat roof in such conditions.

        I do apologise. Subsequent comments will be a little more explicit.

  • Tom Ford

    It does not look like a photo studio at all – it looks like a posh pad where a photographer brings young models after/before the shoot!

  • Mrgauthier

    I don't know what kind of glass they used for the windows but as a Canadian I can't help but think that the energy required to heat up this small house in the winter must be outrageous.

  • Deniz

    Me encanta la casa ,
    todo lo demas es envidia…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246738297 Lilly Greene

    I prefer my privacy and this house is giving me almost nil

  • Marlene Wilson

    I came across this structure while out paddling one night. Actually I thought it was a designer’s getaway but to my surprise it houses a fellow photograher. Hmmm I wonder how much he/she charges?