Modern nation retreat designed in 2009 by Williamson Chong Architects, situated in Grey Highlands, Ontario, Canada.

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Description by Williamson Chong Architects The House in Frogs Hollow is a rustic retreat situated on an extended slope of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Georgian Bay. The property is a set of eroded clay hills and guarded watershed zones blanketed with a dense subject of hawthorn and native grasses. It shouldn’t be picturesque, however robust and fairly impenetrable. The shoppers, who collect on the property all year long, are avid cyclists who spent months on the one hundred acre property previous to development slicing in discreet mountain biking trails and studying the paths of the horses and snowmobiles as they emerge from the group over the seasons. Because of their connection to the panorama, a main website technique was to withstand the inclination to construct on the highest of the hills the place one might survey the property in its entirety and as an alternative carve out a constructing space on the base of the hillside. The home shouldn’t be the ultimate vacation spot, however a stopping place inside their community of exercise. Carved into the panorama, the muscular tectonic of the lengthy concrete wall figuratively clears the location for constructing whereas bridging the pure and tempered environments. The concrete has a toughness that mirrors the panorama, offering safety from the prevailing winter winds. During the summer time months the wall supplies patio shade, creating swimming pools of cooler air which are passively drawn via the home. Entry is on the west finish of the concrete wall and right into a service bar containing the stair, kitchen, workplace, bike workshop, storage room, and mechanical room. This practical zone serves as a backdrop to the glassed in dwelling space that opens on three sides to an prolonged view of the rolling panorama. The second degree hovers above the concrete wall and dwelling area. It accommodates the bedrooms, loos, and household room in a decent wrapper of custom-made ship lap siding. Designed as an undulating rhythm of various widths, skinny boards are CNC milled to a shallow depth whereas wider boards are milled with deep striations, casting lengthy shadows that monitor the solar because it strikes round the home. The siding is stained with a linseed oil based mostly iron oxide pigment that requires reapplication solely as soon as each 15 years. The first and second flooring are related by a figured stair enclosure. This digitally fabricated aspect is designed to filter mild from the clerestory quantity above. At the bottom flooring it carves into the world under its higher run to collect more room on the entry and permit for a seating space. The home’s connection to the land is strengthened not solely in its architectural type, but in addition in its environmental footprint. The home is heated with radiant flooring loops that complement the passive winter warmth achieve from south dealing with home windows. In addition, there isn’t any mechanical cooling. Instead, the stair tower and operable home windows facilitate passive air flow that draw cool air by way of the home from shaded exterior areas. Natural supplies and pigments have been used all through and a small sq. footage was maintained to additional scale back development prices and maintain future power consumption to a minimal.

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