Island Pavilion

Design Features

This island pavilion has had full advantage taken of it through the clients wish for it to only be occupied through three seasons. Consequently, we were able to avoid winterizing the building envelope and instead introduced large plains of glass which in essence have allowed each interior space to dissolve into their immediate external environment. Overall, we have been able to embrace this flexibility within the buildings program and thus maintain a very open plan throughout.

The building draws upon elevated views over Lake Muskoka, and really emphasizes our clients wish to retain a continuous uninterrupted view across the open waters below, right around to the clients boathouse which nestles down to the north west. As well, we have intentionally retained a great deal of transparency from the rear of the building right through to the front, encouraging those on approach to the main entrance from the cart path behind to capture snip-its of the horizon line beyond; this off course has maximum impact in the peak of summer as guests approach the breezeway with its expansive bi-folding doors wide open, revealing the views in the distance.

The building itself floods over a series of different levels with each room at it’s own unique elevation, framing a very specific view of the adjacent landscape. Also, we played with the idea of meshing spaces with one another, such as introducing a very intimate inglenook within a quite open breezeway, and inserting a bustling cocktail bar out over the end of the kitchen; all of which help to fulfill the diverse needs of the client.


Sustainability Features

  • Integration with the Site and Terrain
  • Passive Solar Heating
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
  • Natural Daylighting
  • High Performance Envelope Design
  • Renewable Materials and Finishes
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
  • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances
  • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Construction Management: Graham Smith
  • Construction Management: Morris Ortolan
  • Graham Smith

Project Partners

  • Construction: Dyer Contracting/M.B.Robertson Contracting
  • Engineering: Cucco Engineering and Design