Quietly placed among by trees on the coast of Vancouver Island, the Tofino Beach House makes the most of its dual landscapes. The 2,500 square foot dwelling cantilevers above the forest floor as though its hovering above the native ferns and beach salal. Its open living spaces take up the majority of the home, creating a single rectangular room. Flanked by two large fireplaces, the south-facing facade is made of floor-to-ceiling panels of glazing, blurring the boundaries between the inside and the landscape by wrapping the interior is panoramas of both the ocean and the forest. To the north, rich walnut cabinets provide a sense of privacy while celestial windows help to flood the space with natural light. The warm, nature-inspired palette is balanced by the owner's contemporary art collection and custom pieces of furniture designed by Jim Olson.
Photos: Nic Lehoux / Olson Kunding