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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.

Sky House in Stoney Lake, Canada by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

 
April 1st, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

Negotiating the steep topography of a lake-side site, this holiday house consists of two volumes stacked on one another. The lower volume nestles into the landscape so that it is barely visible as one first approaches the house. The upper volume rests on the lower one and on a concrete pier to form both a bridge and a cantilever. This massing strategy allows for increased access and permeability of the site and emphasizes the charged relationship between the building and the ground.

View on arrival, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

  • Architects: Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster
  • Project: Sky House
  • Location: Stoney Lake, Canada
  • Photography: Doublespace Photography
  • General Contractor: Timberline Custom Homes
  • Structural Engineer: Jim Thomson
  • Landscape Design: Gray Landscape Construction
  • Area: 290 m2 / 3,100 SF
  • Completed: October 2017

View from lake, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

The upper volume contains living spaces and opens up towards the lake while the lower volume is more enclosed and houses bedrooms.  Responding to the need for accessibility for guests with disabilities, as well as thinking of the clients’ ability to use the building far into the future, a study/bedroom and accessible bathroom are provided on the main level. The roof of the lower bar becomes a terrace allowing elevated views and a direct connection to the living spaces.

Ramp to main entrance, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

Walking below the Upper Volume, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

The factory-inspired skylights are rotated to admit north light without heat gain while orienting the solar panels due south so the house can generate all of its own power. The combination of vertical skylights and a fully glazed south-facing facade result in a generously daylit interior. A covered walkway shades the main wall of glass from summer sun while admitting lower winter sun to passively heat the dark-dyed concrete floor.

Custom swing bench under the Upper Volume, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from diningroom looking toward the livingroom with screenporch beyond, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

Simple, low-maintenance, long-life materials are used on the facade, including a reflective standing seam metal roof and a lapped heat-treated (petrified) wood cladding, while the interior is lined with formaldehyde-free plywood. Playful elements are placed throughout from a glazed brick socle for the wood stove, to scattered colourful coat-hooks and a custom undercroft swing-bench.

View from livingroom looking toward kitchen with study/guestroom beyond, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from the livingroom looking toward the kitchen with study/guestroom beyond, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from inside the main entrance, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from master bedroom, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from the main entrance looking toward the livingroom with screenporch beyond, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from hallway looking toward the master bedroom, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

View from the washroom looking toward the livingroom, Image Courtesy © Doublespace Photography

Image Courtesy © Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

Image Courtesy © Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

Image Courtesy © Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

Image Courtesy © Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

Image Courtesy © Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

Image Courtesy © Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

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