Location: West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Area: 8,085 ft2
Architects: Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses
Project Team: Matt Mcleod, Lisa Bovell, Thomas Yuan & Alisha Maloney
Builder: Postle Construction
Photography ©Ema Peter
The Eaves House exists at the interface between a residential neighbourhood below and an undeveloped forested ravine above. The long and narrow cross-pitched site is asymmetrical with a pan-handle shape. Views to English Bay, the Vancouver skyline, and the Stanley Park peninsula are spread across the horizon to the south and south-east.
Neighbourhood development in this area is regulated by specific design guidelines that encourage roof forms rather than strong volumetric expression. The house is formally comprised of a hovering concrete plinth at the main floor which sits underneath two broad eaves. The plinth forms a new “ground” in the air which obscures a large auto-court at the basement floor and creates privacy by masking the road and windows of adjacent houses below. The two extruded roof masses above similarly serve to edit out the suburban foreground while framing and focusing long distance water and horizon views.
The program at the main and upper floor is stretched along the length of site and is paired with expansive east-flanking outdoor spaces which allow indoor spaces to expand outward. Front to back, the house steps out of its own way in a sequence of “views behind views” that creates an unfolding cinematic experience when moving between spaces.
This design strategy results in an unconventional street-level elevation that, due to the low angle of view on approach, largely suppresses the conventional reading of wall, floors and windows. The house is primarily viewed as a set of paired floating planes. Between these eaves, an enhanced visual field is established that can be enjoyed from inside and out and draws the eye beyond the immediate neighbourhood.
Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses
McLeod Bovell Modern Houses
McLeod Bovell is a collaborative design partnership specializing in complete residential architecture. Since 2008, firm has grown to include a group of 10 designers with diverse backgrounds in architecture, interior and landscape design. more
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