Canada : EAVES HOUSE by Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

 1609 Marlowe Place, West Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect : Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses
Photos  ©  Ema Peter

Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses :
“We work to understand the substantive elements of our client's nature and desires.
 Sometimes this is articulated, but often what is not said is most important.”

Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses :
“The Eaves House exists at the interface between a residential neighborhood 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.
 Neighborhood development in this area is regulated by specific design guidelines
 that encourage roof forms rather than strong volumetric expression.“

Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses :
“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 vistas toward the water.“

Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses :
“The program at the main and upper floor is stretched along the length of the site,
 in parallel with the expansive east-flanking outdoor spaces which allow indoors
 spaces to expand outward. Front to back, the house steps out of its own way in
 a sequence of “views behind view” that creates an unfolding cinematic
 experience when moving between spaces.“

Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses :
“The design strategy results in an unconventional street-level elevation that—due to
 the low angle of view on the approach—largely suppresses the conventional reading 
of walls, floors, and windows. The house is primarily viewed as a pair of floating
 planes. Between these eaves, an enhanced visual field is established that can be
 enjoyed inside and out, drawing the eye beyond the immediate neighborhood.“

 Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses :

"We are pleased to note that Eaves House has won
 the World Design Awards in the “residential built” category"

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