This architectural project designed by Omer Arbel Office is located in White Rock, Vancouver, was a finalist for the recent World Architectural Awards. Owned by a reclusive candy manufacturing tycoon, it is built on the lot of a former hay making operation.
The brief was open-ended. First, all interior spaces had to connect to exterior spaces. Second, the house had to be only single storey so as not to detract from the gravitas provided by the old growth forest on the land. The third condition was the overt incorporation into the house of a cache of gigantic, hundred year old Douglas fir beams that had been rescued from burned down warehouses.