I think most of us would agree that communications technology makes our world smaller and more connected, which is why we increasingly covet escape. Case in point: on a Gulf Island in British Columbia, a young Vancouver couple with two children find respite unplugging in complete isolation, or rather, in an isolated modern masterpiece.
The Gambier House stands independent - and off the power grid - complete with its own sources for both heat and energy. Perched on an untamed cliff on an island shore in the Pacific ocean near Vancouver, BC, access to the dwelling is possible only by water.
In an effort to impact the site minimally - and complete the project as efficiently and cost effectively as possible - components were prefabricated off-site to minimize material waste - and assembly strategically planned to reduce the number of site trips required. As part of a sustainable design solution, architect Steve McFarlane from the Office of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc. specifically chose natural materials like woods over harsher ones, such as concrete.
The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open-concept entertainment zone, all enclosed by expansive glazing that capture the surrounding wilderness views.
Enveloped by the natural topography of ocean and mountains, the Gambier House is a masterful example of how advanced building technologies can connect shelter with a remote landscape.
This island getaway is more than just a work of art - it's a lesson in design and sustainability everyone should take notice of.
All Photographs courtesy of the Office of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc. (OMB)
Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University