This gorgeous residence is perched with grace of the fields and valleys of Salt Spring Island’s Mount Thom, British Columbia, in a captivating shell of corrugated steel.
Conceived by Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture, the dwelling is another thesis of the firms’ sophisticated awareness of the project site.
Situated with artful intention and completely aware of the surrounding lush environment, the Salt Spring Island home takes full advantage of the breathtaking scenery.
The property is divided into two segments, as two separate blocks (one is a studio/guest space), juxtaposed adjacent one another. The connection between the modules is central to the design that overlooks a seasonal creek, as well as a waterfall six meters in height, which adds beauty and calmness to the picturesque vista.
The design itself is tastefully minimalist, enticing the focus to the nature surrounding it. The home was designed in a box-like cantilever, featuring an unfinished concrete support base and includes clean pilotis as additional reinforcement over the steep. The methodology of its design is mildly reminiscent of the old masters like Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe.
The construction itself features corrugated metal exterior, as well as wooden siding around the deck area. The inside offers a simple construction of steel support beams and wide windows, spanning all the way from floor to ceiling – a naturally understandable design choice, considering the view outwards.
The Salt Spring Island home is a not overbearing, but rather a charming gem resting gently on the mountainside.
The stark contrast between the home's deliberate modesty and the nearby natural forms allows for the viewers’ attention to focus on the natural beauty that Saunders so cleverly framed around the home.
This gorgeous home is an excellent example of how much impact the right spot and positioning can bring to even the most modest designs.
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Photographs courtesy of CJ Berg and Undine Phröhl.
Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University.