It’s amazing how design rooted in streamlined simplicity can retain such movement and unexpected interest. Linear House in Vancouver, British Columbia epitomizes these attributes as a modern dream home envisioned by Canadian firm, Patkau Architects.
Situated on Salt Spring Island this 276-foot long structure features a massive rectangular volume which rests on the actual home, which is flanked by an elongated line of soaring Douglas firs and other mature trees.
An awe-inspiring core breezeway allows equal views of land and water to penetrate the building. Divided on one side as the main house, the other with guest quarters, this single-story home sits on a 16-acre farm nestled amongst a landscape of grassy fields, forest and fruit orchards.
Smoky grey fibre-cement panels wrap the exterior so purely. Rather stunning are the sets of pivoting vertical partitions which run parallel the the main program, and are tucked into charcoal gravel on one side of homes’ sloped terrain and suspended above the concrete platform on the other. When kept ajar, these panels create an open-air dwelling. Retractable glazed walls throughout the spacious layout also entice fresh-air flow.
Numerous skylights shed natural rays into the bright interiors with little need for artificial lighting by day. Semitransparent white acrylic panels become the ceilings and walls which bounce this abundant countryside light. Custom fluorescent lighting induces a soft glow across the minimalist interiors in the evening.
A monolithic concrete fireplace sits in the main living area, while spare furnishings and specially-designed built-ins in light timber contrast well with the darker exterior.
One particular envy-inducing spot is the walk-in shower, a stainless steel and glass box which opens to the outside with a massive old tree as the main point-of-view. Just amazing! In fact, every single interior space becomes one with the organic landscape of foliage, a boundariless zone for indoor-outdoor living.
Linear House is a modern dream home, simple in aesthetics but splendorous in form.
Posted by Suzanne at 29 August, 2013
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