Family enjoying the sauna deck. Modern sauna built next to the shoreline of Georgian Bay

 

architecture for outdoors

Georgian Bay

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A modern custom designed sauna is nestled against the rocky Georgian Bay shoreline of this Go Home Bay cottage.

 

From the Georgian Bay side the desire was to have a structure that blended into the landscape, hence the idea to use strong horizontal lines - a flat cantilevered roof and an offset main outdoor living deck

 

One design challenge was how to navigate your way down to the shoreline in a pleasing aesthetic and functional way. The solution to the challenge of building a pathway over undulating bedrock was to essentially prefabricate “gangways” that could overlap one another sitting directly on the sloping ground - ending with the last pod abutting vertical rock face so that the first step down to the water’s edge is stepping off the rock to the first tread. Flush mounted LED lights on the step risers make for a bright ambiance at night.

 

The positioning and height of the sauna was tricky as the goal was to have it “hug” the profile of the irregular rock face next to a cluster of trees that would screen the backside of the structure from the main cottage. Getting the design down on paper required mapping out the tree locations and specific rock outcroppings - not an easy task!

prefabricated wood gangways sit on top of the bedrock and connect the main cottage with the sauna. View of Georgian Bay and the swimming dock in
Cottagers enjoying the late afternoon by the water’s edge on sauna’s main deck
Stone veneer clad side wall wood stove opening lounge chairs on sauna porch large sauna window Georgian Bay shoreline, hammock sauna roof
deck pods sitting on top of bedrock create steps leading down from the cottage to the shoreline and sauna. Small LED lights on the risers
View looking back to the main cottage showing the steps leading down to the outdoor sauna deck.

OWEN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

812-1135

Royal York Road

Toronto

M9A 0C3

 

+ 1 416-526-3185

 

PETER OWEN

peter@owenlandscape.com

 

 © 2018 Owen Landscape Architect. All rights reserved.

Family enjoying the sauna deck. Modern sauna built next to the shoreline of Georgian Bay
prefabricated wood gangways sit on top of the bedrock and connect the main cottage with the sauna. View of Georgian Bay and the swimming dock in
Cottagers enjoying the late afternoon by the water’s edge on sauna’s main deck
Stone veneer clad side wall wood stove opening lounge chairs on sauna porch large sauna window Georgian Bay shoreline, hammock sauna roof
deck pods sitting on top of bedrock create steps leading down from the cottage to the shoreline and sauna. Small LED lights on the risers
View looking back to the main cottage showing the steps leading down to the outdoor sauna deck.
Family enjoying the sauna deck. Modern sauna built next to the shoreline of Georgian Bay
prefabricated wood gangways sit on top of the bedrock and connect the main cottage with the sauna. View of Georgian Bay and the swimming dock in
Cottagers enjoying the late afternoon by the water’s edge on sauna’s main deck
Stone veneer clad side wall wood stove opening lounge chairs on sauna porch large sauna window Georgian Bay shoreline, hammock sauna roof
deck pods sitting on top of bedrock create steps leading down from the cottage to the shoreline and sauna. Small LED lights on the risers
View looking back to the main cottage showing the steps leading down to the outdoor sauna deck.
Family enjoying the sauna deck. Modern sauna built next to the shoreline of Georgian Bay
prefabricated wood gangways sit on top of the bedrock and connect the main cottage with the sauna. View of Georgian Bay and the swimming dock in
Cottagers enjoying the late afternoon by the water’s edge on sauna’s main deck
Stone veneer clad side wall wood stove opening lounge chairs on sauna porch large sauna window Georgian Bay shoreline, hammock sauna roof
deck pods sitting on top of bedrock create steps leading down from the cottage to the shoreline and sauna. Small LED lights on the risers
View looking back to the main cottage showing the steps leading down to the outdoor sauna deck.
Family enjoying the sauna deck. Modern sauna built next to the shoreline of Georgian Bay
Family enjoying the sauna deck. Modern sauna built next to the shoreline of Georgian Bay
prefabricated wood gangways sit on top of the bedrock and connect the main cottage with the sauna. View of Georgian Bay and the swimming dock in
Cottagers enjoying the late afternoon by the water’s edge on sauna’s main deck
Stone veneer clad side wall wood stove opening lounge chairs on sauna porch large sauna window Georgian Bay shoreline, hammock sauna roof
deck pods sitting on top of bedrock create steps leading down from the cottage to the shoreline and sauna. Small LED lights on the risers
View looking back to the main cottage showing the steps leading down to the outdoor sauna deck.