thier + curran architects (TCA) has completed a house for a recently retired couple on a wooded site near the bay of quinte, ontario. rather than one large structure, the project comprises a collection of contemporary, corrugated metal ‘sheds’ set within the landscape, that house the living quarters, a studio, a sheltered outdoor lounge space, and a garage/workshop to support their creative endeavors.

thier + curran architects' retirement dwelling in ontario is clad in black corrugated metal

 

thier + curran has elevated the dwelling on piers, and planted the front ‘lawn’ as a meadow of lavender that will be farmed and harvested. fit with extensive glazing, the central living space includes individual studies and one bedroom. custom millwork elements form a media wall composed of varying depths of cherry wood-veneered rectangular forms, while the lime green kitchen casework is constructed on steel plinths so it appears to float – ‘a repetition of the floating structure of the house itself’, as the architects note.

 

 

on a separate shed, a tower-like studio and semi-enclosed space reach into the woods as a retreat, connected by a raised boardwalk. the tower is punctuated by an asymmetrical composition of windows to allow light and views of the surroundings into the space. the tower interior has been left ‘unfinished’ with exposed wood studs and sheathing, lit by clerestory windows. the two-car garage and workshop structure emerges from the landscape as a splayed rectangular prism, arranged in contrast to the dwelling. a steel and wood slat gateway and low planter walls of stone gabion baskets define the entrance courtyard with a steel bridge spanning to the entrance.

 

 

minimalist, simple, economical forms and industrial materials are used throughout the project, while the distinctive, wedge-shaped form of the house and garage add movement and dynamism to the composition of structures. black corrugated metal is used as the main cladding material, with the exception being the tower-like studio, where the structure’s contrasting vertical form has been emphasized with vertically-oriented galvanized corrugations. accent metal trims add depth and are painted with bright, high-gloss automotive paint, as a tribute to the owners’ obsession with 1970’s muscle cars.

thier + curran architects' retirement dwelling in ontario is clad in black corrugated metal

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news