Per the client's wishes, Altius Architecture integrated the building with the site in a subtle matter. The topography invited the opportunity to create a cantilevered space that creates covered parking and a focal point for the ground level entry.
With the client's request for visual cohesion, the design team used corten steel, a deep grey/blue pre-finished wood siding, slate and ipe wood decking to blend the structure with the natural landscape.
The design took advantage of the natural setting, including framing views of a nearby pond.
All the materials were locally sourced. The hardwood floors visually connect the rooms to the home's forested surroundings. The neutral natural palette and ample use of fenestration create a bright and airy interior.
My appreciation for this project goes far beyond the architectural aspects of it, as the work of Altius Architecture Inc. addresses a greater scope.
The design of the Clearview Residence is environmentally brilliant. The solar orientation of the home was very deliberate. It allows for passive solar heating and dynamic natural lighting.
The house also plays host to a number of other green strategies to optimise sustainability, including a low-impact horizontal pond loop with a geothermal heating system, a greenhouse with a grey water recycling system, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The Clearview Residence stands out as what I believe architecture should be: beautiful, functional, and sustainable!
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The beautiful photos are courtesy of Jonathan Savoie.
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Researched and Written by Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku, Undergraduate Student of Architectural Design at the University of Toronto