Clear Lake Cottage, Ontario

As summer crests in all its glory, Canadians tend to think about languid days lounging at their cottage or cabin.

A recent recipient of an award from the Ontario Association of Architects, this Clear Lake cottage by Ted Watson of MJM Architects is well deserving of its newly found recognition.

At first glance, the contemporary cottage located near Parry Sound, Ontario is a far cry from the atypical Canadian cottage, but the owners argue that the entire charm of the building comes from the unique design approach.



The building, wrapped in black corrugated steel, has concrete floors with radiant heating throughout.

The owners admit that concrete floor may seem like a strange choice, but are unwavering in their praise that the concrete in no way hinders the cottage experience, but in fact adds to the family-oriented atmosphere.



The walls and trapezoidal interior of the roof are finished with Douglas fir plywood, while certain areas like the central hallway are embellished with a strip of black-stained cedar.

Another interesting element, the cottage’s fireplace continues the use of steel inside with a black steel finish.



Carefully thought out vistas add the final touch to the space, featured through large glazed walls finished with mahogany trim.

We especially applaud the artful mix of wood, stone, glass and metal to create a contemporary Canadian vernacular.


All photos courtesy of MJM Architects with thanks.

Can't you see yourself lounging here with a cold one?

Well done MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and cheers to your creative magic!

Researched and Written by Spencer Robert Jeffries
Student of Interior Design - Ryerson University

Posted In: Ontario

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