Picturesque Floating House on Lake Huron, Canada
Floating House was designed by MOS Architects and has a privileged location, as it was settled on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. However, this brought some serious architecture challenges. According to the project developers, “the location on the Great Lakes imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, as well as its relationship to site. Annual cyclical change related to the change of seasons, compounded with escalating global environmental trends , cause Lake Huron’s water levels to vary drastically from month-to-month, year-to-year. To adapt to this constant, dynamic change, the house floats atop a structure of steel pontoons, allowing it to fluctuate along with the lake.The formal envelope of the house experiments with the cedar siding of the vernacular home. This familiar form not only encloses the interior living space, but also enclosed exterior space as well as open voids for direct engagement with the lake. A “rainscreen” envelope of cedar strips condense to shelter interior space and expand to either filter light entering interior spaces or screen and enclose exterior spaces giving a modulated yet singular character to the house, while performing pragmatically in reducing wind load and heat gain“. Enjoy the scenic landscape this place offers, as well as the design solutions that were found in order to adapt the project to its unusual environment.