This inspiring award-winning design displayed by studio Superkül’s +HOUSE is located in Mulmur, Ontario, Canada. Sustainability features were incorporated in the design, creating a house for the future that naturally rests on the sloped land. Designed by Toronto-based practice Superkül Inc Architect, the impressive sequence of spaces welcome daylight into the social zone, creating a powerful bond to the surrounding landscape. The lakefront residence is accompanied by a full-length wooden deck linking the interiors to the pontoon. Seen through 14 feet high glazing, the lake’s seasonal changes become part of the everyday experience. Based on a rectangular floor plan, the house boasts private bedrooms on both ends. Materials used to build the+ HOUSE were carefully adjoined to shape a fantastic result: “ Built of inert cementitious blocks that inhibit the growth of fungi and molds, the walls are finished with a natural clay plaster that requires no paint finish. A soy-based sealer was used for the concrete floors and counters, and untreated silk and hemp fabric was used for the curtains.” Covered with a green roof, shaded by overhangs and naturally ventilated while being caressed by daylight makes this residential development an eco-sensitive home. – Photography byShai Gil
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.