Vancouver-based D'Arcy Jones Architecture recently collected a 2017 AIBC Architectural Award for the Friesen Wong House. Built on a rocky hill in Coldwater, British Columbia, the home's design complements its rustic setting with elements like a cantilevered terrace, burned fir planks, raw concrete blocks, and steel sheets.
With a growing stunning design portfolio, D'arcy Jones Architecture was also honored with the 2017 AIBC Emerging Firm Award, and was named the RAIC 2017 Emerging Architectural Practice earlier this year.
Read on for more about the Friesen Wong House.
Project description: “The Friesen Wong House is situated on a rocky knoll, amid the treed and free-flowing topography of the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.”
“The continuous cantilevered floor slab contrasts with a rocky ground plane that undulates below, creating sectional diversity and a rich variety of interior experiences,” the architects write.
“Inside, circulation is carefully choreographed,” the practice describes. “The sequence of travelling through the spaces is amplified by varying degrees of exposure to daylight ranging from blue northern light to orange western light.” Common living areas, the master suite, and children's bedroom occupying distinct zones within the house. A pottery studio and shop are above the carport. The house's living areas and carport are separated to create a spacious courtyard.
“The house takes a dual relationship to the rocky site: a cantilevered terrace is at one moment level with the existing rock and then, a few steps away, soaring above it.”
In case you missed them, find the rest of the 2017 AIBC Architectural Award winners in the link below.
Images courtesy of 2017 AIB Architectural Awards.
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