Image of our residence on Bowen Island, designed by Calgary architect Sturgess Architecture.


House on Bowen Island

Client
Private
Year
2004
Status
Completed
Location
Bowan Island, BC, Canada

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Overview

This weekend home is for a return Sturgess Architecture client, whose city home is in Calgary. The house is for the couple and their two older children, their visitors and extended family. The programme divided the main house from the guest accommodation and linked them under one roof.

The steep cliff site faces north overlooking Howe Sound. The remnants of the up-thrusting rock face left a six meter wide ledge with a 100 meter drop to the water below. The house is located on the ledge and tied to the rock face for lateral support; therefore, view-facing living areas are predominantly glass. Approaching from the south, only the roof is visible above the rock ledge. The entrance leads through the blasted rock to a sheltered deck. The elongated bow tie plan of the house maximizes the amount of glass and view. Naturally finished slate, cedar shingles and copper colored roof dominate. Landscape features are left in their original state.