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Floating House, Lake Huron
February 26, 2009
On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic.
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Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario.
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.
Inside the sleeping cabin, a fireplace built of local granite marks the midpoint between two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The stairs feature a geometric pattern of holes generated by a software script that allows rain to slip through to the lake below.
A high-gloss iroko-wood sink in the sleeping cabin's bathroom, designed by architecture students at the University of Toronto.
All of the Worples' guests arrive by boat to the lower level of the Floating House.
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.
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.
A footbridge connects the Floating House to the island.
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.
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.
Outdoor corridors allow the Worples to walk through the house and across the cove without going inside.
Emma Worple and a friend enjoy an open view of the island from the dining area.
The view from inside the Floating House's boat dock.
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.
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