Treetop HouseSaanich, BC
A retirement home on a rocky promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The design satisfies the client’s desire for relatively conservative forms, and that they be able to live fully on a single floor. The rocky terrain and steep slope required a dramatic structural solution, using a large column and cantilevers to extend the main floor out over the steeply dropping site.
The house is carefully positioned and shaped so that the interior architecture balances the large scale of the surrounding vistas with the intimate scale needed for a comfortable home retreat. The shape and orientation of the interior spaces, along with careful sizing and placement of windows, is used to orchestrate a range of experiences: from large wide open views, to small intimate connections which include the gardens and the house itself.