BOWEN ISLAND HOUSE – BAI ARCHITECTS

BAI ARCHITECTS BRING A CRISP EUROPEAN MODERNISM TO CANADA’S WEST COAST

Burgers Architecture’s approach is that there is no limit to what can be bettered through design. Projects range from furniture to industrial facilities  and planning. They oversee all phases of a projects development, and are often responsible for the construction. Over the life of the firm, Burger Architecture has completed community facilities, offices for BC Hydro, industrial facilities, and a number of a single-family residences. Their approach to design can be summed up as global ideas, local knowledge; meaning that ideas and products come from all parts of the world while the local offers unique opportunities for a distinct expression. The synthesis of these two forces is the dynamic upon which their architectural expression lies.

INSPIRATION
The design was inspired by the old fish and boat storage structures common in the fishing villages dotted along the B.C. coastline. Integrated into the process from these structures is a simple, linear, utilitarian methodology where roof and walls are cladded in the same materials, creating a seamless transition between structure and size.

LOCATION
Bowen Island is approximately 30 minutes by ferry from Vancouver, BC. The property is south facing, with a view over the Straight of Georgia and Vancouver.

LIGHTING
At night, the south facing facades constructed of floor to ceiling butted glass glow with interior light, and act as a beacon to the shore. The north side main entry is also fully glazed and acts as a welcome gesture to guests as they approach the home from the end of a long walkway.

DESIGN CHALLENGE
From day one they faced the challenge of an existing building design scheme, which mandated an Arts and Crafts vernacular. The building envelope also mandated a retention of the existing coastal fir stand. The goal was to retain the existing stand of Arbutus trees and coastal Firs and to wrap the program around these assets, which was accepted by the developer. The retention of these natural assets would be a fair trade to the Arts & Crafts vernacular.

Architect:  Bai Architects
Location:  Bowen Island, Canada
Lead Design Architect:  Cedric Burgers
Interior Designer:  Marieke Burgers
Project Team:  David Hodgson, Stefania Violante
Structural Engineer:  Eric Steffensen, CA-Boom Engineering
Photographs:  Michael Boland

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