A long-standing trend in Canadian architecture - when sited amidst the majestic natural landscape of our country - is the intricate dance between the built form and its environment.
When engaging their interplay fully in the design program, the programmatically blurring of interior and exterior spaces, can result in a visually arresting space.
Project 23.2, by Canadian architect Omer Arbel, does this with an impeccable flourish!
Located on a large parcel of rural acreage outside the City of Vancouver, on Canada's West Coast, the dwelling is surrounded by old growth forests, each with their own distinct ecologies. Thus, in the words of the architect, “the house is situated at the point of maximum tension in between these two environments, and as such acts at once to define the two as distinct, and also to offer a focused transition between them”.
The construction plans for the house were fueled by the availability of several massive one hundred year old Douglas Fir beams reclaimed from a series of demolished warehouses.
The architect used their existing dimensions to shape the project, resulting in a powerful geometry that feels playful.
This house, although modern and expansive, exudes warmth, a sense of inclusivity and a touch of chaos.
It’s just the kind of exquisite mélange we adore!
Dramatic in its contours, 23.2 is spectacular. Above, photographed at dusk, it's mystical aura alludes to how much a sanctuary this place is in the natural landscape.
Researched and Written by: Julia Borowicz
Urban Studies and Human Geography
University of Toronto, Undergraduate Studies