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The first time I saw The Photographer’s Studio Over a Boathouse, I thought of the glass cottage in the Sandra Bullock/Keanu Reeves movie The Lake House. If you’re a modernist who appreciates natural light, this is a space you’ll love. Can you imagine how it glows by candlelight?

The Toronto based architecture firm gh3 won a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture in 2010 for this striking project. It’s a glass cube that sits on top of a boathouse on Stony Lake in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. Designed as a photographers live/work studio, it’s available for rent or for movie shoots.

You might need to cozy it up a bit in the winter! Wouldn’t it be incredible to have a front row seat during a snowstorm?

The design takes advantage of the natural beauty of the Canadian shield.

Gh3 architects is owned by Pat Hanson and Diana Gerrard. They take on projects around the world and have won a slew of awards. Their philosophy is, “we design with a modernist’s eye to order, beauty and social possibility, and an environmentalist’s awareness about sustainability and long-term planning.” To learn more about the mechanics of their work, check out their website here.

The studio not only sits at the water’s edge. It also affords photographers the kind of light they’d never find in a conventional studio.

The view is breathtaking from every angle. It’s like having a loft on the water.

At least there are some frosted screens for privacy. Some graphic black and white pillows would work nicely here. C’mon, it needs something, don’t you think?

A pod was recently added. It looks like an oversized photographer’s tripod. It had to be delivered by barge.

 I’m sure there are plenty of boats on Stony Lake slowing down to get a closer look.

If you want to inquire about renting the studio, you can contact the owner at glassboathouse@gmail.com or learn more about gh3 architects here.