The Bowen Island House in British Columbia was designed by Office of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers for a family wanting to cultivate a connection to nature in a home with a light environmental impact.
Set in the idyllic location of British Columbia’s Bowen Island, the family home is positioned at the edge of the forest and looks out towards the mountains and ocean. Over two stories, the dwelling hosts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. The black stained cedar clad exteriors are interrupted by numerous floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive decks, elements that enhance an indoor/outdoor living experience.
While offering the comforts of a contemporary home, the Bowen Island House also functions as an off-grid home, being equipped with independent heat and electricity sources, and is topped by a green roof.
Contrary to the trend of over-scaled homes, Bowen Island House’s presence is intentionally unobtrusive; a home made from humble and practical materials that explore the connections between architecture and nature.