A handful of homes who modernize their lake- or seaside locations with horizontal slats, lots of wood, and vernacular references.
The Houdini-like designers behind this Ontario boathouse employed giant steel arches to make the structure disappear from view and in its place create the illusion of a gentle slope of land leading out to the lake.
The kitchen occupies just over a quarter of the top floor of the houseboat, which has two stories totalling 2,150 square feet and enjoys a surprising level of stability, thanks partly to its heavy concrete hull. Photo by Rene Mesman.
On Canada's Magdelen Islands, local lore holds that fishermen painted thir houses the same colors as their boats, and used their homes as reference points when sailing. Though navigation techniques are markedly more sophisticated today, the lively paint jobs have hardly run aground in this modern vernacular seaside retreat. Photo by Matthew Monteith.