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* Residential Architecture: Gambier Island Retriet House by BattersbyHowat Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 25 May 2012

Residential Architecture: Gambier Island Retriet House by BattersbyHowat Architects: “..Explorations of this steeply sloped, wooded site overlooking a small private stone beach in Center Bay suggested a switchback organization of spaces where the slope has been extended and combined with a newly created meandering path that offers an introduction to the site. This pathway purposefully links together the architecture of internal rooms and outdoor spaces with discoveries of the site’s varied landscape features..A vertical strip of glazing at the entry and lower stair landing captures an extended view of a lone arbutus tree. Family spaces are located on the upper level. The internal stair rises up alongside a central concrete wall that extends the pre-existing rock embankment into the house’s internal landscape. This wall rises up to support cantilevering roof rafters which counter intuitively support the ridge that is centered over the hall leading to sleeping quarters along the back of the wall..”  Extensive glazing, natural light, nature views, exposed rafters, contextual sensibility..

See our post on another very nice home by BattersbyHowat Architects: Residential Architecture: Whistler Residence by BattersbyHowat Architects.

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image: © Sama Jim Canzian; article: King , Victoria . “Gambier Island Retriet / BattersbyHowat Architects” 24 May 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/236750&gt;

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