The design intent for this custom residence was to create a dynamic, modern architectural response to the 50×180 foot lot size typically found in South Oak Bay. To achieve this, my driving principle was to maximize the interaction between the house and the site to foster a more seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Taking full advantage of its westcoast-modern aesthetic, I offset two slender volumes to naturally echo the linearity of the site and are united by a strong vertical stair-tower element that serves both to anchor the structure to the earth, and screen the more private outdoor living spaces beyond.
I designed the floor plan to define these outdoor spaces in the rear yard, including a courtyard and eating nook with outdoor fireplace that are visually connected to the interior by expansive glazing and large sliding openings. To further reinforce a sense of privacy in these spaces, the floor levels are stepped down into the main living space and then again into an intimate courtyard, sheltered along the rear boundary by a detached garage that draws the main axis of the house along the length of the site. The primary exterior design element of the house is its cascading Western Red Cedar soffits that frame the main volumes of the house. This recurring feature punctuates a mostly dark, earthy exterior colour palette chosen to help blend the building and the landscape and not deliberately set it off from its surroundings. Additionally, the choice to clad the home's modern architectural forms in a traditional building material, ebony-stained cedar shingle siding, was an intrinsic part of the design vision to help blend the house more sympathetically into the context of a neighbourhood steeped in tradition.
Built by award-winning developer and custom home builder Method Built Homes, the residence was winner of six 2013 CARE Awards including Gold for Best Home Design.
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