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Floating House

This highly innovative private residence breaks new ground with an architectural concrete envelope that uses a completely unique white concrete mix custom developed exclusively for the project. The project is a fusion of contemporary east-Asian, and west coast design influences.

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The composition appears to float on a large reflecting pool set within an oriental garden setting. Large expanses of glazing and sliding doors are framed in African mahogany wood and screened with a dynamic architectural wood screen.

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The interiors flow with cascading floor slabs and dramatic volumes as unnecessary partitions are removed to create interior ‘exhibition’ spaces. The minimalist interior finishing details include stone slab floors, a suspended main stair of steel and hardwood; floating ceilings; and suspended custom fireplaces.

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The exterior timber slats on the outside of the home are in dark stained sapele, providing solar shading and privacy to the large expanses of glazing. This unique home is a “Jewel-box”, with carefully crafted details, integrated millwork, and luxurious materials to create warmth and surprise, while composed into a modest, minimal and homogenous whole.

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Project Info
Architects: Arno Matis Architecture
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Building Envelope: Spratt Emanuel
Builder Concrete/Envelope: Iconstrux (Arno Matis)
Construction Admin (post envelope completion): Ruf Projects
Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp
Landscape Architect: Paul Sangha
Geotechnical Engineer: GeoPacific
Year: 2015
Type: Residential
Size: 4,000 sq ft (372 SM)
Photography: Michael Elkan, John Sinal

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