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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Bala Park Island in Lake Muskoka , Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

 
February 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Altius Architecture

As with all our cottage work the site had a major influence on the design. The main level of the building nestles up against a distinct granite ridge. The ridge provides a perfect landing for the second level which anchors the building back on to the Canadian shield. The landing for the upper level walks out to a path that follows the ridge to a future bunkie. The design is a simple roof line that tilts upwards revealing the ridge through clerestory windows. The floor levels follow the slope varying the interior ceiling heights. The exposed Douglas Fir roof joists provide a continuous rhythm across the entire ground floor ceiling.

 

Bala Park Island

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Bala Park Island
  • Location: Lake Muskoka , Ontario, Canada
  • Area: 2,200 sf Seasonal Cottage
  • Completion: 2009
  • Architecture Design: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor
  • Construction Management: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

Bala Park Island

Project Partners

  • Engineering: CUCCO engineering + design, Toronto
  • Construction: Dyer Contracting, Port Carling

 

Bala Park Island

Sustainability Features

Program and Spatial Optimization
Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of the Site and Terrain
Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
Passive Solar Heating
Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
Natural Daylighting
Material Optimization and Modular Design
Renewable Materials and Finishes
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
Advanced Wood Heating Systems (ie. Contraflow Masonry Heaters)
Solar Hot Water Systems
Low Energy Lighting & Appliances
Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures
Being a seasonal dwelling our main concern was keeping the building cool in the summer and providing an economical and sustainable means of providing enough heat during the early spring and late fall to keep the cottage comfortable. High clerestory windows induce a lakeside draft to vent the summer heat. A Tempcast masonry heater burning at over 90% efficiency provides radiant heat.

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

Bala Park Island

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One Response to “Bala Park Island in Lake Muskoka , Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)”

  1. Ali harin says:

    The Design is amazing one very simple but beautiful.

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