Floating on the waters of Ontario's Lake Rosseau, the Tobin Island Boathouse breaks the traditional maritime cottage mold with its planar design. The waterfront structure is formed by a series of horizontal planes laid in a staggered pattern, mimicking the movements of the lake. Its cedar facade has been charred using the Shou Sugi Ban technique to protect the timber while blending the exterior into the scenery. An expansive dock made from weathered wood surrounds the cabin, creating an outdoor space for gathering. On the shore side, a cantilevered trellis offers shelter from the southwestern sun. Internally, the lower level is used for boats and storage. Above, the upper level houses living spaces where Baltic Birch provides a warm contrast to the exterior. Consisting of two bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge, and a kitchenette, the interior's expansive glazing affords panoramic views of the lakeside setting.
Photos: Shai Gil / AKB Architecture