Longhouse - Sooke, BC25 photos
Finalist - 2016 Western Living Designers of the Year Award - Arthur Erickson Award The name suggests a gathering place, a major function of this second home. The splendor of the site spoke louder than any zoning laws about the form the house should take. Because it is only one room deep, the house affords fantastic water views from every vantage point. The resulting linear configuration also accommodates the shallow ravine into which the house is nestled. The huge European windows have strong wood elements that frame the views. From inside, the view is the art. The overall design concept employs the use of a few good materials—warm woods against the drama of steel and glass—and careful planning of proportion and scale. Outside, massive steel cantilevered brackets form a dynamic counterpoint to the natural cedar finishes. Inside, a steel staircase in the entryway doubles as a sculptural element. In collaboration with Kenney Nickerson, AIA