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  5. Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
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  7. The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

  • 11:00 - 9 May, 2017
The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Nic Lehoux
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    Brinkman & Sons
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    Mill Line Woodworking Ltd
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    Mad Cat Electric Co
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    Switzer Sales and Service
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Text description provided by the architects. Located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario, this 3,300 sq. ft. retreat is carefully situated along the shores of Contau Lake on a remote, seasonally isolated woodland spanning nearly 100 acres. Recalling childhood adventures exploring the surrounding lakes and forest, the clients wished to share this unique place with others by creating a place of reprieve to be rented to vacationing families.

Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Nestled between the lake and an adjacent granite rock-face rising up to the south, the retreat serves as a jumping-off point to an expansive private trail network fashioned by the client. A series of delicate canoe docks and boardwalks knit shallow marshes with hilltop perches, urging exploration by both water and land. Vehicular access ends at the property, which backs onto government Crown Lands, creating a truly remote sensory experience.

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© Nic Lehoux

The two-story residence stretches parallel to the lake and rock face, with primary living and dining spaces at ground level spilling to the outdoors, and sleeping and bathing spaces perched above to capture expansive views of the lake and surrounding forest. The two levels are connected by a glazed stair volume adjacent the hillside and anchored by a monolithic fireplace clad in locally sourced granite. Outdoor amenities such as a private sauna, ofuro soaking tub, hot tub, and screened porch allow immediate enjoyment of the surroundings within comfortable reach of the interior space.

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Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
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© Nic Lehoux

A raft of exposed Douglas fir glulam beams and decking cantilevers out over a rhythmic façade of black fiber-cement panels and stained cedar siding that mimic the lines of the forest. Interiors are finished with fir windows, wire brushed walnut flooring, benches and bar tops reclaimed from a nearby barn, and hand-crafted tile. This rich palette of materials lends a tactile softness to the building that blends seamlessly with the natural environment.

© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux
Cite: "The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson" 09 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/870854/the-bear-stand-bohlin-cywinski-jackson/> ISSN 0719-8884
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归隐地 / Bohlin Grauman Miller & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson