Adelaar Residence, Bowen Island BC

This magnificent Bowen Island, BC residence, completed by Burgers Architecture Inc through its iconic design pays homage to traditional fishing villages dotted along the BC coastline.

It borrows the recognizable composition of old fish and boat storage structures, evoking a sense of the community’s history, economic enterprise and social ties.



The moss-covered granite cliffs with breath-taking ocean vistas makes this an inspiring landscape.

The site lies on the periphery of environmentally protected coastal bluff, with a one of a kind view of the Straight of Georgia and the Gulf Islands.


A key objective of the architects was to protect the unique environment in which the house is situated.

The surroundings of the residence include a slightly sloping grass meadow that is terminated by a sharp, vertical rocky shore.

The program was implemented in a manner that physically wraps around existing coastal firs, pine and arbutus trees - natural assets that beautifully compliment the structure and root it in its surroundings and the site itself.




The undeniable mantra of this space are airy white walls, vaulted wood ceilings with perforated steel ties, and concrete floors.

We love the use of these honest materials.

Burgers Architecture Inc. integrate the dwelling and its location seamlessly.

We consider this quintessentially Canadian!

Architecture by: bai architects
Photographs by: Michael Boland

Researched and Written by: Julia Borowicz
Urban Studies and Human Geography
University of Toronto, Undergraduate Studies

Posted In: British Columbia

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