Located in British Columbia with 4000 ft2 in size, Findlay Residence is designed by Splyce Design for a young active family of four. Sits on a flat, irregular shaped site, this modern house has principal living spaces that organized around a two-storey exterior void within the main volume. A simple interior palette is also added to strengthen the clarity and purity of the house’s spaces.
It is a 2013 project with a cutout that serves to create separation between the house spaces without disengaging them from one another. This house is planted with bamboo and glazed on either side while the bamboo garden on the main floor divides the dining or kitchen space from the living area. This separation serves the family well with their different and busy schedules.
The tall bamboo from below screens the master bedroom of the house and change area from its adjoining bathroom on the upper floor. These spaces are connected with a glazed bridge. The white walls inside the house are animated beautifully by shadow and light with natural light that enters through the large skylight above the central staircase.
Doors and windows are calibrated to capture the awesome views of the garden and natural light. There are also large sliding glass doors on the west elevation of the building that activate the adjacent patios, allowing the house space to flow smoothly into to out and at once becomes pavilion-like with its ample porosity.
On the north, the street elevation reads more formally with its concrete walls and cedar, stretching out across the site and into the landscape horizontally. There is also no usable backyard due to the constraints of the site so the front yard of the house serves as a fun playing field for the client’s two boys.
For the house interior, a simple palette is used and it consists of oak cabinets, white lacquered, and concrete floors. The white walls of the house can strengthen the purity and clarity of the spaces, allowing the natural environment vibrancy and landscape features to pervade as well.
Findlay Residence Gallery
Photographers: Ivan Hunter & Chris Rollett