Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture

Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture

Floating House is a single family house designed by Arno Matis Architecture. The house is located in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, Canada. This house is a synthesis of West-coast and Eastern modernism with specific influences from Bali and Thailand. The open concept layout of the home has an open flow of spaces, yet still defined as rooms with a continuous indoor-outdoor connection at all levels. Inside, the house is lined with white marble surfaces, integrated millwork, and carefully crafted detail.

From the architect: This highly innovative private residence breaks new ground with an architectural concrete envelope that uses a completely unique white concrete mix custom developed exclusively for the project.

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The project is a fusion of contemporary east-Asian, and west coast design influences. The composition appears to float on a large reflecting pool set within an oriental garden setting. Large expanses of glazing and sliding doors are framed in African mahogany wood and screened with a dynamic architectural wood screen.

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The interiors flow with cascading floor slabs and dramatic volumes as unnecessary partitions are removed to create interior ‘exhibition’ spaces. The minimalist interior finishing details include stone slab floors, a suspended main stair of steel and hardwood; floating ceilings; and suspended custom fireplaces.

Architects: Arno Matis Architecture
Project: Floating House
Area: 4,000 sq ft (372 SM)
Location: Kerrisdale, Vancouver, Canada
Photography: Michael Elkan

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