Implanted in Kawarthas, an all-seasonal recreational park along the Trent- Severn Waterway, the Balsam Lake Boathouse, traditional yet modern, is made of glue laminated wood beams, slate roofs, double-glazed windows on black plastic covered aluminium frames, natural stone sloping walls, steel and glass.
The cross gable roof, with equal-height horizontal perpendicular ridges, defines an octagonal layout; portraying the fusion of four skylights meeting in one point.
Ground floor that shelters two boats connects visually to the lakeside garden and the cedar deck with a typical South American barbecue “parrilla”.
Upper level, the refuge, is a den with glazed gables providing 270 degrees views, a fireplace, a library and the inner vision of the wooden roof.
LOCATION: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
AREA: 98 m2
STATUS: Completed 2012
DESIGN ARCHITECT: Carlos Ott
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Replacement Design