A Modern Boathouse in a Canadian Landscape / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited

A Modern Boathouse in a Canadian Landscape / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited

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Parry Sound District, Canada
  • Contract Documentation:Kevin Weiss - Principal, Steve James (Larkin Architect Limited) / Kevin Weiss - Principal, Sophie Tremblay, Tings Chak (Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited)
  • Structural Engineering:David Bowick, Matt Bowick (Blackwell Engineering)
  • City:Parry Sound District
  • Country:Canada
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© Arnaud Marthouret
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Text description provided by the architects. Located on one of the many islands dotting The Archipelago in Georgian Bay, Ontario, this private boathouse and docking facility designed by Kevin Weiss of Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited exemplifies a quiet and precise modernism. Through careful form-making and the use of rustic materials, the project responds gently both to the natural and cultural context of the area, where historically built-form yields to the power of the landscape with its exposed and glacially carved granite and wind swept jack pines.

© Arnaud Marthouret
© Arnaud Marthouret

Sitting on a structure of robust timber and rock cribs, the large cedar dock, and its amenities, is the primary location of the family’s daytime leisure activities - both active and reposed.  The building elements consists of the cedar dock, floating docks and bridges, a storage building for kayaks, canoes and windsurfing equipment, a food servery, linear shade canopies, and a covered seating pavilion.

© Arnaud Marthouret
© Arnaud Marthouret

The storage building is clad with black stained resawn cedar, while the steel pavilion structure is covered with cedar and terne coated copper. The two are connected with a light, steel, and canvas linear shade canopy structure. On approach, due to its thinness, lightness and horizontality, the finely crafted ensemble almost disappears as it recedes into the landscape. In the evening, gentle up-lighting of the pavilion provides a warm beacon for late arriving guests.

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As the dock extends out far into a small bay, it sits under the cover of the pavilion and blends into the surrounding panorama of smooth granite, still water, and commanding jack pines. The landscape remains the dominant experience.

© Arnaud Marthouret
© Arnaud Marthouret

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Address:Parry Sound District, ON, Canada

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Cite: "A Modern Boathouse in a Canadian Landscape / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited" 19 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/599819/a-modern-boathouse-in-a-canadian-landscape-weiss-architecture-and-urbanism-limited> ISSN 0719-8884
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