Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM

© Mark Giglio

Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM

Perched on an 2.8-acre exposed Precambrian rock island in Canada’s Georgian Bay, the Molly’s Cabin is a private seasonal retreat for a multigenerational family.

Architects: AGATHOM
Location: Ontario, Canada
Photography: Paul Orenstein, Mark Giglio for Dwell, Courtesy of Agathom

Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
Courtesy of Agathom
Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
© Mark Giglio

Three and a half hours north of Toronto, more than eight miles from the nearest marina, the 92 sqm cabin is designed and owned by Katja and Adam Thom, principals of Toronto-based architecture firm Agathom.

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Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
© Paul Orenstein
Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
Courtesy of Agathom

This L-shaped building is constructed from recovered timbers and sheltered by the tent-like shingle roof, the wooden decks and bridges extend the interior to the outdoors, fits snugly against the boulders and close to the magnificent sparkling lake views.

Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
© Paul Orenstein
Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
© Paul Orenstein

Inside is classic cottage style that anchored by a Rumford fireplace, consists of a bedroom, a living room with a library nook, a kitchen room and a small loft.

Molly’s Cabin by AGATHOM
© Paul Orenstein

Inspiration from architect:

While modernist architectural ideals are at work, the design is a playful reinterpretation of the humble architectural vernacular found on these islands.

The building is designed with plenty of dual function: exposed rafters provide additional storage, a dining-room cabinet doubles as an outdoor tool shed and the library windows roll open to convert the interior into a breezeway.