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Singular House Challenges the Abrupt Topography of the Land on Which it is Located

By Magaly Grosso


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With an area of 290 square meters, this unique house was built in a wooded area of Douro-Dummer, Ontario, Canada that has fabulous views of an absolutely breathtaking lake. The authors of the design, the architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster, challenged the abrupt topography of the soil on which this peculiar construction is located.

Exterior view of the structure

This vacation home consists of two volumes stacked one on top of the other. The lower volume huddles in the landscape so that you barely see it when you approach the house. The upper volume rests on the lower one, as well as on a concrete pier to form a bridge and a cantilever. This concentration strategy allows for greater access and permeability of the site and emphasizes the charged relationship between the building and the land.

White interior full of light
Interior design in white and blue
Dining room in blue tones

The upper volume contains living spaces and opens onto the lake, while the lower volume is more closed and houses bedrooms. Responding to the need for accessibility for guests with disabilities, as well as thinking about the ability of customers to use the building in the future, a study/bedroom mix and an accessible bathroom are provided on the main level. The roof of the lower bar becomes a terrace that allows elevated views and a direct connection to living spaces

Hallway on white
Room with walls and wooden ceiling

Intense yellow bathroom
Night view of the house
Night view of the house on the hill

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About Magaly Grosso

Magaly Grosso was born in Venezuela where she grew up and studied Advertising and Marketing. With time, she realized that what she truly wanted to dedicate herself to was Interior Design, which is why she decided to study it and devote herself to it. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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