patkau architects: linear house
patkau architects: linear house
jun 03, 2011

patkau architects: linear house

‘linear house’ by patkau architects, salt spring island, british columbia images courtesy of patkau architects




located on a sixteen acre farm on salt spring island, british columbia is ‘linear house’, a single family home by canadian practice patkau architects. looking to maximize the exposure to the desirable weather and natural landscape, the design features a series of porous and modular spaces that can be adapted to suit the needs of the inhabitant. bold and linear, the home both confronts and contrasts the diversity and textures of the secluded tree filled environment in which its exists. expressed as a single and continuous form, the main body of the dwelling extends 276 feet in length, opposing a row of mature fir trees and a body of water in the distance.

patkau architects: linear house front elevation




a retractable exterior wall exposes the interior volumes, fully integrating indoor and outdoor spaces. filling the home with natural light and air, the flexible and adaptable panels instantly transform the home into an open air pavilion. on the opposite side of the structure, a covered walkway spans the unit, sliding past the existing trees, edging an adjacent fruit orchard.

patkau architects: linear house covered walkway and view into office




inside, a series of open and expansive rooms are subdivided and defined by the insertion of concrete masses and wood cabinets. simple and organic, the pieces look to camouflage themselves with the outdoors, providing a visually unobstructed flow between both environments. a collection of skylights – over forty in total – pierce through the roof of the structure, further intersecting the home with its surroundings.

patkau architects: linear house open panels




the exterior surface, clad in charcoal colored fiber-cement panels, is submissive to the encircling environment, rendering itself almost invisible when seen against the dark green foliage.

patkau architects: linear house detail of panels

patkau architects: linear house retractable walls

patkau architects: linear house view into living room and kitchen from patio

patkau architects: linear house concrete fireplace in living room

patkau architects: linear house kitchen

patkau architects: linear house kitchen

patkau architects: linear house corridor and bedroom

patkau architects: linear house bedroom and bathroom

patkau architects: linear house terrace

patkau architects: linear house contrasting built and natural environment

patkau architects: linear house overall view

patkau architects: linear house site plan

patkau architects: linear house floor plan / level 0

patkau architects: linear house roof plan

patkau architects: linear house section

patkau architects: linear house section

patkau architects: linear house section

patkau architects: linear house section

  • it`s more than ugly..:/ can`t believe how architect can make no use of such a beautiful plot

    kml says:
  • crazy

    3 says:
  • exquisite

    dbkii says:
  • elegant, beautiful, luxurious . . .

    Tom P says:

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • This is extremely beautiful … one of the best residential projects I have seen in a while …

    Fabian says:
  • Gorgeous. I would love to spend my summers there!

    kate says:
  • Genial!!

    ms says:
  • all these buildings with open walls… wouldn’t they get super dusty? think of all the pollen coming off those pine trees

    octo says:
  • I love the house. It is so different….

    liliana Mojica says:
  • Ugly? No.
    Crazy, Exquisite, Elegant, Dramatic,
    Extremely Beautiful, Gorgeous, Genial.

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • I am sure they will enjoy this house. But we’ve seen this before. I expect innovation from Patkau arhitects, not a rehashing of something tired and boring.

    lml says:
  • Lindo!

  • Awsome, Outstanding, Beautiful.

    Thank you, Just what I was looking for.

    shalij Blum says:
  • un poco duro pero esta bueno

    juliano says:
  • too heavy. interesting concept of linearity but poorly exploited. nice fireplace.

    pibaba says:
  • Heavy but beautiful, thank you.

    mawdster says:
  • great architecture

    robluc says:
  • Sober, beautiful! It leaves the main role to nature, like a frame should be to a painting…i love it.

    Ana says:

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