MOS Architects designed the Floating House on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.
The home's location raised certain challenges for the architects in terms of fabrication, construction and the structure's relationship to the site. Specifically, Lake Huron is subject to varying water levels, thanks to seasonal changes and global environmental fluctuations. Moreover, the remoteness of the island posed another set of restrictions. To circumvent these difficulties, the architects worked with contractors to create pre-fabrication and construction processes that diminished costs of transportation. For instance, the steel platform was built first and towed to the lake from the contractor's shop.
The finished vernacular home is complete with cedar sliding, and a rainscreen envelope of cedar strips that filters light in the interior spaces, encloses exterior spaces and reduces the effects of wind and heat.