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Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell (CA)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 13.04.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

The Esquimalt House by architects Mcleod Bovell is located on a steep, wide property with views of downtown Vancouver, the Lion’s Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet in British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

“The building flows laterally with a gently stepped horizontal navigation across and down through the site.” say the architects. “Twenty feet of vertical distance between the street and the main floor entry is divided into three distinct experiences in order to alleviate, what would otherwise be, a relentless downward movement.”

 

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

“First, a set of concrete platforms through a small ornamental orchard, then down a single run of stairs overhanging a pond, and finally through a courtyard over a bridge to the front door. The courtyard with its wide reflecting ponds creates a distinct space out of what would otherwise be a compressed valley between the street and the face of the building.”

 

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

“In accordance with the couple’s needs, the house operates simultaneously as a private place of retreat, a place of business, and a large-scale, quasi-public entertaining space. The office is reached via an exterior access ramp beside the reflecting ponds so that business can be conducted apart from the living spaces.”

 

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

“Dramatic interior and exterior entertaining spaces that accommodate gatherings of the client’s Ismali religious community comprise one half of the site, while more intimately-scaled spaces for private living and personal contemplation form the other half.”

 

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

“Private bedroom spaces are consolidated into a compact upper floor volume that floats above the strung-out main floor. This allows two scales of main floor spaces. Large spaces with tall ceiling heights, contrast with smaller private rooms- a lounge between the kitchen and dining room and a meditation room at the stair which looks back over reflecting ponds.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Location: West Vancouver
Area: 7,015 sf single-family home on 14,988 sf lot
Completed: summer 2012
Materials: Architectural concrete, Cumaru hardwood, composite panel

 

to the Mcleod Bovell website

 

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