Cortes Island Residence by Balance Associates

Cortes Island Residence by Balance Associates

Architects: Balance Associates
Location: Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
Year: 2011
Area: 1850 sqft / 172 sqm
Photo courtesy: Steve Keating Photography

The customers were searching for a house that would inevitably turn into their fulltime home yet could likewise serve as a getaway, excursion and social occasion place in the meantime.


Situated at the south end of Desolation Sound on Cortes Island, British Columbia, the site is shaped of normal rock bedrock and contains an emotional promontory and precipice which serve as a windbreak for Cortes Bay and in addition the Seattle and Vancouver yacht clubs. Toward the south, the house is presented to the Straight of Georgia which conveys to a great degree high wind speeds and salt shower amid winter storms.


To withstand the high winds, the house structure is inserted into the bedrock with steel segments and uncovered wood floor bars permitting the house to cantilever off the slope. Steel cross props oppose the expansive parallel strengths brought by the high winds.


The section side of the house sits level with the bedrock and is comprised of outwardly strong solid structures that make the passage space and stay the house to the site. From the passage, one gets to the focal extraordinary room which incorporates the living, feasting and kitchen, all with sweeping perspectives to the straight past. The principle social event space opens up to a south-bound outside deck by method for an excellent 11ft tall by 24ft wide custom sliding entryway. This incredible room is flanked by a visitor suite and study toward the west and an expert suite that catches the morning daylight from the east.

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