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One of the pleasures of visiting a Canadian cottage, no matter how large or small the building, is having the physical and mental space to appreciate nature in all its details: the sight of a heron swooping across the lake, the feel of cool water on toes dangling from the edge of a dock.

That effect can be intensified when the cottage itself has been crafted specifically to reflect the nuances of its site.

Superkul Modern Vacation Home Kawarthas Ontario
A skin of charred shou sugi ban cedar wraps the house, which rests on a granite outcropping.

A recently built 269-square-metre home away from home in Ontario’s Kawartha Highlands accomplishes exactly that. It sits on Precambrian granite, which slopes down toward the water. One side faces a thick forest. Clad in a...

An Elemental Vacation Home Modelled After a Birdhouse

Drawing on the natural setting in Ontario’s Kawartha Highlands, Superkül devises the perfect summer retreat.

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