Bowen Island House

Overlooking the water on the north shore of Bowen Island in British Columbia, this modern retreat focuses on the surrounding nature. The cabin is sited perpendicular to the coast and is partially embedded into the hillside for minimal disruption to the land. Cast concrete walls become an extension of the rugged coastline, transitioning into a blackened local cedar siding while a green roof blends into the native fern, salal, and lichen. The dramatic landscape is evident upon entry with floor-to-ceiling glazing enveloping living spaces in views and balancing the clean, minimal atmosphere with evergreens and mountainscapes. To fully take advantage of the location, a covered terrace cantilevers toward the sea, affording expansive vistas across Howe Sound to West Lion and Mt. Garibaldi beyond.

Photos: Ema Peter / Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers

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