Canadian lakeside retreat

Glass from Pilkington UK was recently used on Lake Huron House, a modern family retreat on the banks of one of North America’s five Great Lakes.

Taking a contemporary architectural approach, the residence maximises its breath-taking lakeside views, while remaining sensitive to its surroundings and sustainability impact in the extremes of the Canadian climate.

Glass not only provides distinct visual features throughout the home, but it serves as a robust external surface that plays a vital role in maintaining the building’s energy efficiency.

The lake-facing side of the house features a double-height glass wall that maximises natural light in the interior of the building and offers expansive views towards the lakeside.

Pilkington Suncool 70/35 OW T was specified to create a balance of natural light while minimising solar heat gain. Having an eye on sustainability was key, and this specification can help reduce the home’s energy consumption.

By combining the Pilkington Suncool coating with extra clear low iron Pilkington Optiwhite, it creates a bright and airy internal living space.

Michael Carew, North American sales director at CareyGlass, said: “The architect took great care to keep the design unobtrusive and sensitive to its setting, while making an architectural statement.

“It was important that the project played on the surrounding landscape by opening up the building to the outdoors at the same time as providing an excellent energy performance, and that’s exactly what this installation does.”

Jason Eggerton, specification sales manager Pilkington UK, said: “The project is one-of-a-kind and we’re hugely proud that our glass helps to define the building’s appearance and create an outstanding home.”