The Container House is a commission for a couple with three grown children who requested a compact and simplified living arrangement with an eye to retirement. They sought spaces that offered the ease of an apartment with the addition of inviting and sizeable covered outdoor areas.
McLeod Bovell is a collaborative design partnership specializing in complete residential architecture. Since 2008, our firm has grown to include a group of 10 designers with diverse backgrounds in architecture, interior and landscape design. Our work embraces embedded social, spatial and environmental opportunities as generators for architectural invention.
Over the last decade, we have gained experience designing houses on steep and irregularly-shaped land in the Vancouver area. While these sites are often afforded significant views, their immediate landscapes are not remarkable: neither purely cultivated nor raw wilderness. Under these conditions, the priority of the view can dominate the discussion. Our work makes efforts to balance the primacy of the view with opportunities afforded by extreme topography that allow for varied and unusual programmatic sequences. Creating unusual relationships at different scales of living connects the house to the surrounding landscapes.
LOCATION: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Located on a steep and technically challenging site in West Vancouver, the Sunset Residence is designed to capture immediate views of heavy marine traffic and the open sea to the west. The irregular shape of the sites boundaries align with the edge of the house and culminate in a substantial blinder which provided privacy from adjacent properties.
The G’Day House is a commission for an Australian ex-patriate family, who requested a home that would support a relaxed attitude toward daily life and would help them re-connect with a warm-weather lifestyle. Column-free sliding doors at the Southeast corner of the house effectively double the size of the living area when open; indoor and outdoor spaces hold equal priority.