Natural materials and locally sourced products such as granite, heavy timber, cedar shingles and wood siding allows the structure to appear like it had grown out of, and belongs to the forest and rock that it hovers over. These materials and finishes are also chosen for their renewable and recyclable properties as well as their low-embodied energy to minimize the building’s environmental footprint.
A well-considered solar orientation, high transom and clerestory windows wash the interior with ample natural day-lighting. Large roof overhangs provide excellent summertime shading to large expanses of thermal glazing – ideal for passive solar heating in the winter.
Kennisis Lake is the largest lake in the Haliburton Highlands with a surface area of over 1,640 ha in the area of Ontario just south west of Algonquin Provincial Park. From end to end, the lake is approximately 23 kilometres long.Crystal clear water and one of the cleanest lakes in Ontario
The Kennisis Lake got its name from the early settlers who recorded the name of Joe Kennisis, an Indian, whose family had lived by hunting and fishing around the lake.
Kennisis Lake is located within the Canadian Shield, so it is among deep lakes containing few minerals. This is because of the erosion of granite in the lakes doesn’t happen as much as it would elsewhere.
It was the desire to create a place where the extended family living in different countries could gather together, generation after generation that led to this complex and expansive building structure. Separate intimate spaces, accommodating multiple families are connected by voluminous gathering spaces, providing challenges and opportunities for acoustic and visual relationships between spaces. A series of stepped terraces extend the building seamlessly into the landscape and provide outdoor gathering amenities. A traditional hand-crafted, Argentine parrilla, a pizza oven and fireplace is the focal point of the outdoor living, dining and kitchen spaces.