Canadian design studio Christopher Simmonds Architect is behind this nature-embracing, cantilevered family retreat in Ottawa's Val-de-Monts area. The three-bedroom house is a real rustic-modern retreat, comprising two volumes. The lower of the two, which contains a bedroom, is built into a hillside, while the upper volume—which holds two additional bedrooms and a open-plan living spaces—cantilevers out from the bluff. Natural ventilation via sliding glass doors, which also frame quite-nice sylvan views, help keep the interiors cool. And it's all lined in timber, of course, for that extra woodsy charm.
∙ Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada [Inhabitat]
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