Pine Lake Cottage



The Pine Lake Cottage emphasizes affordability with an eye for efficiency. Emerging from the tear down of the previous residence, this cottage was built entirely on the existing foundation. In addition to being a cost effective solution this strategy also minimized the buildings impact on the surrounding natural environment.

Investing in energy saving solutions for the future, the building is heated through a geothermal system. A roofing structure comprised of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) allowed for the prefabricated materials to be rapidly assembled on site while providing a strong, airtight and energy efficient building envelope.

The offset volumes that characterize the design add depth to the simple volume where layers of light and shadow delineate the fa├žade. The volumes are further articulated through material selection, giving a unique and defining quality to this modern dwelling. A contrasting material pallet of light and dark emerges from the visual language found in the adjacent biodiversity of the surrounding forest, engaging the neighbouring birch and pine trees. The protruding geometries define the thresholds, creating subtle transitions in the experience of space, while shading occupants from rain and sun. Large sliding doors frame the living room, extending indoor spaces to the deck and landscape beyond, blurring the lines between interior and exterior.


Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Andy Thomson
  • Cathy Garrido