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Slats break up the light into random patterns on the interior (above left). The cabin is no more than a cozy bedroom with views (above right), which are tempered by the filtered light, so as not to overwhelm the occupant (below).

totally open to the elements reflects the family's attitude toward design within the environment. Other examples of this ethos include a chemical composting toilet housed in a small outhouse that blends seamlessly with the cabin's exterior elements, and an organic flat roof planted with herbs and sedums, a hardy plant common on green roofs. Hugging the sloping hill, the roof camouflages the cabin, concealing it from the neighbors.

"The appeal of the cottage is in its one-room sense of enclosure, not unlike Laugier's primitive hut," Taylor proposes. "All wood, in the woods ... open to it all," he continues. "And at the same time, it references the Modern tradition of pavilions in the landscape a la Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe. So it's a combination of private hut and an approach to Modern detailing."

Exposure to the elements has turned the cedar-clad cabin a soft silver gray. This sign of graceful aging is becoming increasingly rare, as original modest cottage buildings elsewhere on Lake Simcoe make way for either A-frame villa monsters or High Modernist monoliths.

"How does a building grow from its site?" Taylor asks. The new cabin succeeds in a manner of quiet utility, as a fitting tribute to a country cottage context of small, discrete buildings, where people still get away to put their feet up and let their hair down. ■

Slats break up the light into random patterns on the interior (above left). The cabin is no more than a cozy bedroom with views (above right), which are tempered by the filtered light, so as not to overwhelm the occupant (below).

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Woodburning fireplace: Morso Locksets: Upper Canada Hardware Hinges: LCN

Windows and doors: The Brothers Dressler, with Jaan Poldaas Exterior cladding: T&G Siding

Green roof: Roofscapes Rocking chair: ScottLaughton Composting toilet: Sun-Mar

For more information on this project, go to Residential at www.archrecord.com.

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