A nice self living space design which is called the Guscott Kemp. This totally wooden living space design is designed by the Architect Scott M. Kemp as a nice residence for himself and his family. This house is located in Ladner, British Columbia, Canada.
Theory and Design Principles
To be build for the single family living, the project is looks to find a different way; it is how to rethink the conventional wood framing and to develop a sustainable approach to the living space construction. This living space design is designed as small as possible but allows for the maximum flexibility which is including the adaptability of the use with aging residents and the subsequent reduced mobility. The house is actually smaller than that allowed by the zoning; it is at approximately 2200 square foot. The design incorporates features of sustainability and the house has achieved a LEED PLATINUM rating from the Canadian Green Building Council.
Program and Client
The living space program is a single family residence for the architect and his family of four. Which is providing a protection from the elements while maximizing the connection to the natural environment of the river, the house is envisioned as a simple shelter, it is by breaking down the barrier of the indoor/outdoor space. The transparency through the building is resolves the conflict of maximizing the exposure of views to the north with the desire for the maximum sunshine. By the architect, this living space design is designed for has the three zones longitudinally. The two zones are the two story elements, while the central zones are a large vaulted space. To open up the view of the main rooms to the west setting sun and to create the outdoor space adjacent to the river, the two side elements are shifted in plan. The shade for the main south facing glazing is provided by the stepping of the western portion of the building. The main entrance is located in the central vaulted space which is framed on the each side by a garage and the workshop. The entrance is a part of the ‘grand room’; it is such as the kitchen dining and the living room. All of it is located on the north side of the building and it is facing the river and the views. An adjacent family room can be separated through the use of a sliding wall thus allowing it to also double as a separate bedroom or as a self contained suite for the client’s elderly mother.
In the upstairs of the house, the master bedroom is facing the river with a large deck cantilevering and the second bedroom is looks out over the farmland to the south. A bridge spans in the central void with a sitting area, it is providing the views of the river to the north and the farmlands to the south. The entrance area is defined by a trallis of the wood framing extending from the bridge to the outside, it is also provides an additional protection at the front door. The sunroom, a large covered deck is oriented to the western setting sun and the mouth of the river. It is on the opposite side of the building and facing the rivers. The ‘winter room’ is a solarium type space that is a multi-purpose space that can be used as a home office, additional bedroom or rest-room. Nice!
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