Birdhouse: A Modern Canadian Cottage Inspired by Nature
Birdhouse is a stunning modern two-story cottage designed by Superkül, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Apsley, Canada. This exquisite retreat draws inspiration from birdhouses found on the property, reflecting a purity of form and flawless proportions.
Clad in locally sourced Shou Sugi Ban cedar and unique board-formed concrete, Birdhouse showcases exceptional craftsmanship while providing a refuge for spiritual nourishment and social connection in harmony with nature.
Discovering the Birdhouse: A Modern Retreat
Nestled into the Canadian Shield, the Birdhouse boasts a pure form with flawless proportions, monochromatic materials, and exquisite modesty. As you journey through a procession of trees, the charcoal-colored, pitched-roof design gradually reveals itself, creating a sense of intrigue and wonder.
Drawing Inspiration from Nature
Early inspiration for the Birdhouse came from birdhouses scattered across the property. These simple nesting cavities, designed for shape and purpose, guided our objectives. We aimed to create a refuge for spiritual nourishment and social connection, straightforward in form and function, that fosters a direct connection with nature while offering protection from the elements.
A Harmony of Architecture and Environment
Taking advantage of the windswept site’s topography, we crafted a compact, two-story family cottage that nestles into the Precambrian outcropping. This design optimizes the home’s functionality, resilience, and ability to shelter from harsh weather. Clad in locally-sourced Shou Sugi Ban cedar, the home features a weatherproof exterior that prevents decay and promotes longevity. Unique board-formed concrete, manufactured with rough-sawn lumber, adds an additional layer of character.
Minimalist Design and Masterful Craftsmanship
The Birdhouse showcases the art of minimalist design, disappearing into its surroundings. White oak panels gracefully unfold and soar across the interiors, fabricated and installed to achieve a seamless effect. This approach emphasizes craftsmanship and formal integrity, optimizing functionality while concealing storage and systems. Integrated vents, grills, and light sources create ambient illumination throughout the space.
Energy Efficiency and Comfort
The home’s compact form maximizes its surface area-to-volume ratio, minimizing heat loss and gain. A high-performance envelope further reduces energy usage and enhances occupant comfort. Zoned mechanical and in-floor radiant heating systems, combined with the thermal mass provided by the concrete floor, allow for targeted temperature control. This setup complements the passive and cross-ventilation strategy. Triple-glazed, lake-facing windows invite seasonal wind patterns, while skylights create a stack effect, drawing air up through the double-height space. A high-efficiency wood stove offers supplementary heating in winter, ensuring excellent indoor air quality.
Photography courtesy of Superkül
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