This waterfront residence unifies the functions of form and materiality as determined by its highly secluded and exposed location. It does so by expressing the house as a focused refinement of the three main types of materials found on site; glass/water, natural stone/concrete and wood. Balancing the extensive transparency of the water-side façade with forms and materials that enhance the sense of comfort and stability. A central massing ‘anchors’ elements that extend to open views horizontally and vertically. The concrete structure provides material durability, while forest-floor harvested western red cedar provides a sense of warm. Designing self-sufficiency as an ideal and need in rural, sustainable projects. The house has a geothermal system, on-site potable water supply and on-site waste water management system.
Photo Credit: Peter Powles 2013
SRA Architects Inc. 1550 Rand Avenue, Vancouver BC V6P 3G2 T 604 681 4292 Esrarch@srarch.net