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Architecture June, 10 2014

Gambier Island House by McFarlane Green Biggar Architects + Designers

Perched atop a steep rocky cliff along the northeast coast of Gambier Island in British Columbia, the design is a contemporary version of a cabin in the woods, offering the basic pleasures of a modern home, while also touching lightly on the ground to minimize its environmental impact. The Gambiar Island House functions entirely off the grid and is powered by independent sources for heat and electricity — the secluded home is only accessible via the water. The hybrid structure and clean design responds both to the rugged qualities of the site and the strict environmental controls related to the shoreline. Two stacked boxes clad in wood, cement board and insulated glass house three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open plan kitchen, dining, and living area over the two and a half levels. Throughout, the floors and ceilings are douglas fir, creating warm interior spaces and a cohesive frame.
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