Lake Cottage by UUfie

The Lake Cottage by UUfie Architects is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house, where nature acts as an integral part in the act of inhabitation. In a forest of birch and spruce trees along the Kawartha Lakes, the Lake Cottage designed a playful yet significantly efficient two-storey multi-use space for a large family.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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The house features a stunning 7m high A-frame roof covered in black steel and cedar siding.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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UUfie architects also created a deep cut in the building volume which creates a cantilever overhang for a protected outdoor terrace with mirrors that creates the illusion of the building confining the forest inside.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Moreover, UUfie Architects endured their concept to blend the boundaries between the natural and the built in the interior.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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The main living space is designed as a self-contained interior volume, while the peripheral rooms are treated as part of the building site featuring fourteen openings into this grand living space revealing an impressive mix of inhabited spaces, skies and trees.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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This abstract nature of interior spaces allows imagination to flow as those spaces that could be identified as internal domestic territory suddenly turn into flexible and playful areas of inhabitation.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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An impressive solid timber staircase leads to a loft which creates the feeling of ascending into tree canopies as the sunlight softly falls on the wall covered in shingle and stained in light blue.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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UUfie Architects used local materials and traditional construction methods making the cottage a fine example of sustainability while it connects both materially and visually with the surrounding landscape.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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The black wood exterior cladding is crafted by using the technique of charring cedar which acts as a natural agent against termite and fire.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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The architects also created thick walls and roofing with high insulation value, a central hearth for heat as well as deep recessed windows and skylights that provide natural ventilation and light to the interior.

Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Lake Cottage by UUfie

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Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou


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