This family house is located on a 72-acre site on a ridge above the town of Invermere, British Columbia, designed by Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative for a family of four. Completed in 2008, Invermere Frame House sits beautifully with its simple form on a landscape characterized by pine trees and a wide-open terrain of fir.
This house has unobstructed and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Windermere. The program of this project also includes a house that can bring the family together in a comfortable place, celebrating the awesome landscape views, minimizing the nearby traffic hum, and also facilitating outdoor recreation for the family.
The design of this house also explores the amazing ideas behind the ‘imprintable architecture’. Because of the environmental conditions’ palpability of the high plateaus of the Rocky Mountains, this house design is conceived of as a neutral background, drawing the meaning from the natural phenomena interaction and the human occupation traces.
The orthogonal geometry is simple, serving as a constant frame to measure the continuously shifting environmental conditions on the project site. The project plan offers a conditioned openness that accepts adaptability and change generously.
Invermere Frame House Gallery
Photography: Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative