Inspired by the simple and prevalent image of wood docks found along the edges of the Muskoka lakes, the Muskoka boathouse was conceived as a series of planar elements that slide past one another.
Shai Gil is an award winning architectural photographer who's clients include some of Canada's leading design firms.
Based in Canada and most recently his native country Israel, Shai seeks to understand the essence of each project and to translate his clients' vision, spirit and goals into striking images.
Shai holds a BFA in photography from Ryerson University and is often invited to speak about his work in universities and photography schools.
With Lytton Park Residence project, we explore the hip roof typology within the context of a quasi-suburban environment. The apex of the upper volume is off-set toward the west, positioning it adjacent to the larger of its neighbouring houses.
The challenge was to change the standard plan of the apartment, which did not fit the needs of the clients and to customize the space to their dreams. We wanted to create a sense of inviting and spacious space to the relatively small entrance area, 55 sqm.
A Toronto family required a new four-season residence to replace their existing 1930s structure on a west-facing peninsula with the goal of maximizing outdoor living and entertaining.
Located in the community of Oakville, this new home for a family of five nestles into its lot, inviting in the startling lushness of the neighbouring property through an amply fenestrated east elevation. The two-storey, five-bedroom house is efficiently designed to maximize opportunities for natural light, engaging site and landscape through the provision of a generous courtyard and two outdoor decks.
A winner of the 2017 AZ People’s Choice Awards, Strata House is a 30,000 sq. ft. residential project that was inspired by hillside mid-century modern homes in California. The design begins with the excavation of the property’s landscape to create a series of curved vineyard-like terraces.