This compact glass form, designed by Toronto's gh3 architects, sits on a granite plinth at the edge of Stoney Lake, Ontario. With a transparent, north-facing facade that's continuously bathed in diffuse light, the structure is perfectly suited for its intended use as a photographer's studio.
From the outset, ecological considerations factored into the design. The graniteâ€™s thermal mass exploits the abundant solar input, eliminating the need for active systems on winter days, while the lakefront site allows the use of a deep-water exchange to heat and cool the building yearâ€“round.
The design won the Governor Generalâ€™s Medal in Architecture 2010.
Photos: Larry Williams