Lake Simcoe


This was a unique opportunity for us to work with a client who spent many years as a formally trained and practicing architect. The collaboration stemmed from his desire to engage Altius and our expertise in BIM (Building Information Modelling) and cottage design. The design consolidates and replaces two existing cottages under one roof. In doing so, the design sought to reconcile the buildings existense in the immense landscape of the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, and the sites endless horizon, with long horizontal lines, while at the same time breaking the massing down into smaller human-scale elements. The larger communal spaces were placed along the lakeside areas of the ground floor. The second floor was designed to function when desired as a separate suite. Numerous functional possibilities were united under a consistent design aesthetic.

Sustainability Features

  • Program and Spatial Optimization
  • Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of your Site and Terrain
  • Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
  • 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
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Low Energy Lighting & amp; Appliances
  • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures
  • Green Roof Systems

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Steve Choe
  • Trevor McIvor

Project Partners

  • Hamann Engineering - Toronto
  • Kevin Leach Contracting - Gravenhurst