Clearview House

Collingwood, Ontario

Designed for a local artist to enjoy, this residence is located just south of Collingwood in the heart of the Clearview area. A broad selection of sustainable technologies, including a geothermal pond loop and green house, set this project apart from others in the area. The building draws inspiration from a number of cherished views through the adjacent woodlands and across the nearby pond.

The function of this 4,500 sq. ft. building is extensive, and coupled with the client’s desire to maintain a single-level layout, made our design team particularly aware of the need to integrate the building into its surroundings in a subtle manner. Consequently, this quickly became one of our main focal points, and gave the scheme real direction as we sought to arrange each space appropriately within the overall layout to best leverage the site and its beauty, as well as to make sure that the building was as user-friendly and functional as possible.

“It’s pretty much Treehugger policy not to show big houses in the country that are labelled sustainable, because they aren’t. But that is where the clients are for architects like Altius Architecture, when they are not designing tiny green minihomes, and Graham Smith does take sustainability seriously, building in as many green features as he can, in a subtle, almost invisible manner.”

“Artist’s Residence By Altius Architects Includes a Broad Selection of Sustainable Technologies.”


The exterior palette was of particular importance as it was paramount that the building be embedded within its surroundings. We chose to pursue a selection of materials that would reflect the nature of the adjacent landscape, and in particular its seasonal colours and textures. True to this, we incorporated the ever-evolving characteristics of corten steel, the earthy tones of a deep grey/blue pre-finished wood siding, as well as slate and Brazilian ipe wood decking.