Floating House, Lake Huron

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February 26, 2009
On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Read Full Article
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  Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Emma Worple dries off from a swim at the cedar-clad sleeping cabin; the door slides shut to shield the cabin from harsh winter winds.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Emma Worple dries off from a swim at the cedar-clad sleeping cabin; the door slides shut to shield the cabin from harsh winter winds.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Inside the sleeping cabin, a fireplace built of local granite marks the midpoint between two bedrooms and a bathroom.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Inside the sleeping cabin, a fireplace built of local granite marks the midpoint between two bedrooms and a bathroom.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The stairs feature a geometric pattern of holes generated by a software script that allows rain to slip through to the lake below.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The stairs feature a geometric pattern of holes generated by a software script that allows rain to slip through to the lake below.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  A high-gloss iroko-wood sink in the sleeping cabin's bathroom, designed by architecture students at the University of Toronto.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    A high-gloss iroko-wood sink in the sleeping cabin's bathroom, designed by architecture students at the University of Toronto.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  All of the Worples' guests arrive by boat to the lower level of the Floating House.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    All of the Worples' guests arrive by boat to the lower level of the Floating House.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Upstairs in the Floating House, building codes didn't allow a full kitchen, but a galley kitchenette continues the compound's simple palette of white and Douglas fir. "I love how understated it is," says Worple.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Upstairs in the Floating House, building codes didn't allow a full kitchen, but a galley kitchenette continues the compound's simple palette of white and Douglas fir. "I love how understated it is," says Worple.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The sleeping cabin perches on a rocky rise near the Floating House; Meredith imagines these two as a start of a string of buildings that will wrap around the island.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The sleeping cabin perches on a rocky rise near the Floating House; Meredith imagines these two as a start of a string of buildings that will wrap around the island.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  A footbridge connects the Floating House to the island.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    A footbridge connects the Floating House to the island.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The living room windows overlooking the water let the Worples feel as though they're playing in the water even when they are dry and warm inside.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The living room windows overlooking the water let the Worples feel as though they're playing in the water even when they are dry and warm inside.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Outdoor corridors allow the Worples to walk through the house and across the cove without going inside.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Outdoor corridors allow the Worples to walk through the house and across the cove without going inside.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Emma Worple and a friend enjoy an open view of the island from the dining area.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Emma Worple and a friend enjoy an open view of the island from the dining area.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The view from inside the Floating House's boat dock.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The view from inside the Floating House's boat dock.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Becca was uneasy about a network of slats over the windows in the living room, but she came to love the mediated views they provide.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Becca was uneasy about a network of slats over the windows in the living room, but she came to love the mediated views they provide.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Becca Worple.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Becca Worple.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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