Bridge House, North Vancouver, Canada

Bridge House, North Vancouver, Canada

Floating between the trees

Situated in North Vancouver’s Pemberton Heights, Bridge House pays homage to the tenets of modern architecture while incorporating distinctly regional elements of exposed wood and timber to create a clean, contemporary West Coast aesthetic.

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Bridge House’s name is derived from the dramatic bridge that extends from the backyard to the house. The concept of the bridge arose from the initial meeting with the client and architectas they walked around the site and discussed how to navigate a backyard that was almost a full level higher than the front yard. The home would be entered at the lower level, yet they still wanted to access the rear yard from this lower level. A bridge element proved to be the solution.

Bridge House is configured on a simple, open plan with kitchen, living, and dining areas situated on the main level and facing out to a large patio that has been carved out of the existing higher yard to the rear. Instead of isolating the upper tier of the garden, a bridge was created in order to gain access from both levels. It carries into and through the home becoming the central stair and the spine of circulation within the house.

© Ema Peter Photography, North Vancouver, BC

The finishes on the exterior design extend to the inside to create a seamless transition between inside and out. The material palette is simple and effective with the combination of wood, concrete, Swisspearl fiber cement panels, and steel to complete a contemporary West Coast aesthetic. Timber is used throughout with a dramatic wood screen wrapping around the ceiling and walls of the living area and extending to the outside.

© Ema Peter Photography, North Vancouver, BC

The finishes on the exterior design extend to the inside to create a seamless transition between inside and out. The material palette is simple and effective with the combination of wood, concrete, Swisspearl fiber cement panels, and steel to complete a contemporary West Coast aesthetic. Timber is used throughout with a dramatic wood screen wrapping around the ceiling and walls of the living area and extending to the outside.

Charcoal-colored Swisspearl panels are used both on the interior and exterior as a neutral, dark element juxtaposed with the transparent glazed façades. The dark panels animate the interior spaces and mirror the dramatic dark palette of the exterior façade. Clerestory lighting above the sliding doors of the main bedroom on the upper floor create the impression of a floating roof, which is structurally supported by two steel I-beams.

© Ema Peter Photography, North Vancouver, BC

Bridge House manages to straddle the seemingly incongruous worlds of a bustling metropolis and rugged mountain landscape. The open façades and floating lines with the backdrop of massive old pines create an impression of lightness, almost like a tree-house perched on the site.

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Object
Bridge House

Location
North Vancouver, Canada

Architects
Vallely Architects, North Vancouver, BC

Photographer
Ema Peter Photography, North Vancouver, BC

Facade Contractor
Meister Construction Ltd., North Vancouver, BC

Building period
2018-2019

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Facade material
Swisspearl Largo Carat Black Opal 7024


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