This small house is designed for a woman and her dog made by Campos Studio. Sooke 01 House sits on a rocky knoll in Sooke, British Colombia, Canada where the forest meets the sea with 1450sq ft in size. Completed in 2018, the design team gets inspiration from being in the forest after camping on the site where this small house at the end can provide an experience from its surrounding forest.
There is a small clearing nestled among the trees upon the knoll and it provides awesome views of mountains and ocean through the large Pacific Northwest rainforest trunks. These partial and fractured perceptions of the forest with its stunning surrounding can give the design team an inspiration to design a house that ables to frame the discreet experiences.
The design team also eschews the traditional impetus to place a house on the edge of the forest looking out into the nearby ocean. At the high point of the site, the rocky knoll comes as the natural place that organized the site. This site is the place where everyone congregated to socialize and observe, so leaving this area envelope and intact it with the house is the final decision that taken.
A series of Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, and Cedars trunks can be found in the forest. This series can support their foliage high up in the air and becomes the design team’s inspiration for the house tectonic. The structure of the house is organized around one proportioned concrete column, rising out of the floor and mimics the trunks of the trees in scale and size. Along with the wood stove pipe, this column integrates and recreates the house within the forest rhythm.
There is a protection provided by the large branches that spread from the trunks of the trees. This protection comes with the light filtering through the needles’ dense filigree. Along the main space, the meandering ridge beam supports the thin slat wood ceiling to evoke the canopy of these surrounding conifers.
Inside the house, the experience of the forest from the house is replicated by organizing each space around the landscape’s different abstracted view. Through each room, each view from the forest presents different aspects of the forest, mountains, ocean, shoreline, tree canopy, and also to view of the trunks. This serves to recreate the all-encompassing forest experience and also to create a unique environment for each space. It is a clever technique that creates an awesome variety for a small house in the woods.
Sooke 01 House Gallery
Photographer: Ema Peter