Mabel Lake Cabin, North Okanagan, British Columbia
This summer vacation cabin, situated on the shores of British Columbia’s Mabel Lake, is designed to reuse the original footprint of an older structure ensuring minimal disruption to the existing landscape and site features. Due to its remote location, local materials, methods, and craftsmen are utilized for its construction. The new 3-story cabin provides space for a family’s growing needs. Program requirements ranging from a loft sewing station to a fully equipped lower level game room become the result of a collaborative process involving the family’s three generations. The main living areas are combined in one vaulted space capturing the sunrise over the lake and the sunset through the densely forested mountains beyond. A vertically glazed staircase becomes a light well for ensuring ample day lighting throughout the lower level.