Minimal site disturbance, restraint in building volume, elegant transparency, allow the South Okanagan landscape to assert itself. The design responds directly and simply to the local climate and demonstrates rigorous unity of structure and finish, of form and content. In its airy elegance and mature use of technology and resources it makes an important ecological and artistical statement. The project's convincing economies offer a valuable contribution to promote environmental sustainability, commonsense and restraint. In a context dominated by generic, often overbuilt houses, the building is a visible alternative and incentive for discussion.