Client: Private Homeowner
Location: Mayne Island
This house on a rural site, for a retired couple used to living in the city, was required to be cost effective, energy efficient, and easy to operate. The layout needed to accommodate two people living alone and be expandable to suit visiting children and grandchildren for family holidays.
Designed for seasonal weather changes, two insulated “shoeboxes”, (one for living and one for sleeping) and two exterior courtyards (one facing northeast, the other southwest) were created. To further this goal, the plan of the house has been organized around a series of “temperature zones”. The building envelope is well insulated, so that in winter the house can be heated entirely by the woodlots, while the large sliding doors support cross breezes that keep the house cool in summer. The floor to ceiling interior doors, and operable windows and skylights have been designed to encourage efficient airflow so that the temperature in any room can be expediently fine tuned. Moreover, the entire building is naturally lit throughout the year whenever the sun is up. Thus great care has been taken in locating windows and skylights, and interior finishes have been chosen based on their reflective properties, and how they modulate the colour and character of the light.
Project Completion: 2009