A New Modern Boat House On The Shores Of A Lake In Ontario

Building Arts Architects has designed a new modern boat house on the shores of Kawagama Lake in Ontario, Canada, that includes dry slip boat storage via marine railway, and a 452 square foot (42 sqm) dwelling space. #ModernArchitecture #BoatHouse #ModernBoatHouse #LakeHouse
Photography by David Whittaker

Building Arts Architects has designed a new modern boat house on the shores of Kawagama Lake in Ontario, Canada, that includes dry slip boat storage via marine railway, and a 452 square foot (42 sqm) dwelling space.

The project included the dismantling of an existing structure and the creation of this new steel frame building and the adjacent outdoor living features. Due to the site being accessible only by water, all systems including the structure were designed to be transported by small watercraft, moved and erected by hand.

Building Arts Architects has designed a new modern boat house on the shores of Kawagama Lake in Ontario, Canada, that includes dry slip boat storage via marine railway, and a 452 square foot (42 sqm) dwelling space. #ModernArchitecture #BoatHouse #ModernBoatHouse #LakeHouse
Photography by David Whittaker

The dwelling area of the boat house has a small bridge that spans the topography and provides access to the interior spaces.

Inside, there’s a small sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace.


Window Ideas - This modern boat house has a small sitting area with black-framed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace. #Windows #BoatHouse #LivingRoom
Photography by David Whittaker

Shelving separates the sitting room from the sleeping area, where two beds have included. Wood walls offer some privacy, while clerestory windows continue around the walls of the boat house.


This modern boat house has shelving that separates the sitting room from the sleeping area, where two beds have included. Wood walls offer some privacy, while clerestory windows continue around the walls of the boat house. #ShelvingIdeas #ModernBoatHouse #Windows #WoodWalls
Photography by David Whittaker

The architects reused as much of the lumber from the existing structure as possible. The lower level of the boathouse was clad with wood siding salvaged from the existing structure, while Douglas Fir was chosen for the upper portion of the boat house due to its warmth and ubiquitous heritage in Ontario cottage country.


Siding Ideas - Douglas Fir was chosen for the upper portion of this modern house as it adds warmth and ubiquitous heritage in Ontario cottage country. #WoodSiding #DouglasFir #BoatHouse #Architecture
Photography by David Whittaker | Architect: Building Arts Architecture | Structural: Blackwell

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