Award winning Canadian architecture firm Patkau Architects designed this modern day farmhouse which responds to its natural British Columbia setting although keeping a contemporary edge. Linear Property sits on a 16-acre farm on Salt Spring Island, surrounded by trees, mountaintops and the water extending out to the horizon. Expansive glazing and an open breezeway running the length of the property artfully connect structure and nature. A cantilevered arm protrudes from the house, supplying shelter to the patio just off the primary volume for all-climate outside entertaining. Contemporary interiors are a sharp contrast to the home’;s earthy exterior, featuring a cool translucent white ceiling that glows from inside out.
The monolith takes shape as a lengthy, straight line stretching 276 ft. amongst a row of Douglas fir trees and a fruit orchard. The charcoal colored exterior echoes this rocky setting, but with a refined edge. The architects explain, the new home is “subdivided by a breezeway into a principal dwelling and guest quarters. The exterior of the home is clad in charcoal colored fiber cement panels which render the house almost invisible when seen against the dark green foliage of the fir trees.”
The home sits on a gentle slope, raising it slightly above the landscape to but it as a ideal vantage point to take in the surrounding views.
The home was made and built to replace an current cottage, which was sold and relocated to a neighboring home. The old barn, garage and studio have been left on the house.
From the architect: “Interiors are described by a luminous inner lining created of translucent acrylic panels. More than forty skylights bring sunlight into roof and wall assemblies during the day which causes this interior liner to glow softly even though at night, fluorescent lights mounted inside the skylight openings turn the whole interior into a luminous field. Regions within this all round luminous surround are subdivided and defined by the insertion of reinforced concrete fireplace masses and wood cabinet-like service spaces. Glazing inside window openings, the biggest of which is 78 feet wide, is fully retractable, so that throughout the prolonged fair climate of Salt Spring Island the house can be transformed into an open-air pavilion.”
What a see-by means of view!
This linear kitchen may be lengthy and lean, but slide open the walls to let nature in! The space is functional, featuring an elongated breakfast bar facing the forest view. A organic palette of components contains wood floors and island, and a concrete wall and fireplace – complementing nature, yet contrasting the contemporary stainless steel appliances and the unusual, luminous ceiling that runs through the house.
The fireplace serves as a cool focal point and also breaks up this open concept location.
From kitchen to bath, the views adhere to you as you move from space to room. We enjoy this serene, spa-inspired space that lets you shower your self with water, and nature!
The bedroom is a private retreat accessed through a extended, illuminated hallway, wrapped in translucent sheets which let all-natural light soak in.
The bedroom aptly boasts dreamy views of lush forest, within effortless attain by means of the sliding wall.
But there’;s a lot more to this space than meets the eye. We enjoy this loft – a secret little spot accessed by a ladder, providing an escape from the every day.
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Photo credit: James Dow