Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

04 May of 2014 by

Architects: Mcleod Bovell
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Area: 7,015 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell

From the architect. This house is located on a steep, extra wide property with views of downtown Vancouver, the Lion’s Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet. The building flows laterally with a gently stepped horizontal navigation across and down through the site. Twenty feet of vertical distance between the street and the main floor entry is divided into three distinct experiences in order to alleviate, what would otherwise be, a relentless downward movement. First, a set of concrete platforms through a small ornamental orchard, then down a single run of stairs overhanging a pond, and finally through a courtyard over a bridge to the front door. The courtyard with its wide reflecting ponds creates a distinct space out of what would otherwise be a compressed valley between the street and the face of the building.

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