Canadian architects Superkül are the proud recipients of a 2012 Design Excellence award, presented by the by the Ontario Association of Architects for their design of +HOUSE located in Mulmur, Ontario. This four season waterfront cottage was designed with eco sustainable features without compromising contemporary style and creature comforts. Sited on a slope facing a stream fed pond, 14 ft. high glass walls offer easy access to an expansive patio and unobstructed views of the landscape. The wood and glass house is indeed an apt addition to its natural surroundings.
With an appreciation for nature that extends beyond mere aesthetics, the architects incorporated a number of environmentally sensitive technologies and features, including inert cement blocks that naturally prevent the fungi and molds, natural clay walls that require no painting, and employed a soy based sealer to finish the concrete floors and counters. In addition, there's a green roof, heat mirror triple glazing, solar shading, passive ventilation and lighting, and a geothermal system which all contribute to this Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold targeted rating. Now, that's a smart house design!
But as importantly as a healthy home is a beautiful home, and the designers achieved an artful balance of both. The open concept house plan puts the living area, dining space and kitchen at the heart of the home, lines with floor to ceiling windows and the full length deck just outside, perfect for socializing, whether hosting a party for 20 or an intimate evening for 2.
With the bedrooms located at opposite ends of the home, residents enjoy peace and privacy at lights out.
photo credit: Shai Gil