The house is designed as a summer home on a sloping five-acre rural site at the foot of Owl Ridge in the Pemberton Valley. The program calls for two bedrooms and a flex room, with the understanding that the family would be spending long periods of time at the house during the summer. The program also includes a pool, outdoor dining area, and a workshop. The design of the house is understood principally as a modest cabin that is comprised of a series of vaulted rooms - or, camera, in latin - that have been carefully considered to create connections to the specific features of the site.
The site is entirely characteristic of the Pacific Northwest – remote, forested, rugged and rich with wildlife. When first arriving on the site, both the clients and architect were struck by the series of distinctive landscape features which exist across three discrete scales of perception – foreground, midground, and background. The background elements include the northern-most peaks of the Garibaldi Range to the south - Ts’zil (2591m), Hibachi (2603m), and Gravell (2802m). The prominent midground feature is the mountainous ridge immediately to the northeast named Lil’wat (2073m), commonly known as Owl Ridge.
The architectural concept is an exploration of the notion of camera in both its formal and optical meanings, wherein the experience of the site is specifically mediated through the lens of the architecture. The house is a spatial device which continually transcribes the rich experience of the site onto the retina of the occupants. The interior spaces have been sculpted with sloping ceilings to channel both light and view lines. The experiential quality of the interior spaces has a close relationship with the exterior lighting conditions and overall atmosphere of the landscape.