Toronto-based architecture firm Superkül - headed by Andre D'Elia and Meg Graham - has been making waves with its stylish and well-thought-out residential work, such as its recent Mineral Springs House, Gradient House and Split House projects. One of the studio's latest offerings is the modest Stealth Cabin, nestled in woodland by a lake north of Toronto and carefully planned, as per the practice's MO, to belie its small size.
Built entirely out of wood - namely untreated, sustainably harvested cedar - the cabin responds to the owners' wish for a traditional log cabin with a contemporary twist and modern comforts. The structure is respectful to the surrounding land, and incorporates existing trees as often as possible. At the same time it keeps a low profile; its material and colour palettes help it blend into the wild.
Smaller, cosier corners like a reading alcove and small desk area balance the cabin's ample living spaces, which feature large wood-frame openings toward the trees and the nearby lake. Indeed the retreat is deceptively generous, with three bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room, plus a wealth of auxiliary spaces like a mudroom, log storage and laundry. Passive cooling and ventilation and a high-efficiency fireplace add to the green credentials.
Used by the owners for both mini-breaks and longer holidays, the peaceful refuge is designed for four-season living. And as its cedar cladding slowly weathers, the Stealth will gradually blend even further into the landscape, proudly earning its playful name.