Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - Point William Cottage | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - Point William Cottage

Point William Cottage
Point William, Muskoka,
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

Occupancy: May 1, 2017
Construction Budget: Withheld

Located on the Canadian Shield, Point William is one of three slender peninsulas jutting into Lake Muskoka, and carries a rich geographic and cultural history. The design of Point William Cottage begins with architecture and then expands its territory to include landscape, furniture, lighting, hardware and fittings. Design invention, material exploration and a sense of delight take place at multiple levels. The scale of a door handle and an architectural section are explored simultaneously. This project is a laboratory for living, resulting in a rich spatial experience that moves fluidly between interior and exterior spaces while demarcating a place in the Canadian landscape.


Abridged Project Credits:
(see Architecture Canada publication out in Fall 2022 for more details)

Client - Private Client 
Structural Engineer - Blackwell Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer - BK Consulting Inc.
Electrical Engineer - Dynamic Designs and Engineering Inc. 
Builder - Judges Contracting
Construction - VMF Structures Ltd.
Consultant - Vic Furgiuele
Interior Design - Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc., Chapi Chapo Design Inc., Karen Petrachenko
Hardware Consultant - Upper Canada Specialty Hardware Ltd. 

Jury Comment(s): 

This cottage stood out for its attention to design details at multiple scales. The creative fabrication and craft echoes characteristics of an organic Art Deco architecture. The building itself belongs to the natural context and is adjusted to the topography, giving it a naval quality-a sunken vessel on the shore.

2022 Jury

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View of Point William

PHOTO - Ed Burtynsky

North elevation at stair

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy

View of living space

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy

View towards living room

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy

View of entry porch

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy

North elevation in winter

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy