This modest, waterfront retirement home, which received a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, is a private retreat that quietly embeds itself into its surroundings.
The site itself presented the perfect storm of elements, and the response is a balance between the practical and poetic. At first glance, it looks like a singular modernist frame, but the front actually responds to the landscape’s variations. The house is surrounded by rural development, but the design creates both total privacy and a personalized relationship with the environment by tailoring views of the ocean and trees.
The street-facing side has opaque walls of stucco and zinc roofing with a discrete, articulated, wood-clad entry area. While the side view features anodized aluminum curtain wall and an extended roof plane projecting from the partial floor below. Rare, yellow cedar highlights the places in which people actively engage with the building: like the entry, bedroom terraces, and deck.
Inside, the main floor design encompasses all primary functions and minimizes level changes in order to accommodate bright, comfortable aging in place.