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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

A Bower House in Ontario, Canada by Kariouk Associates

 
August 30th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kariouk Associates

Bowerbirds /ˈbaʊərbɜrd/ make up the bird family Ptilonorhynchidae. They are renowned for their unique courtship behavior, where males build an elaborate structure in an attempt to attract a mate.

Design Challenge:

The challenge was to design a new home with a view of Lake Erie for a client who did not want to pay the cost of a lakeside property.  Hence, the site he acquired was a very long and narrow lot across the road from other homes and 2,000 feet away from the shore of the lake.  Despite the client’s selection of a less desirable lot, the project was required to serve as a lure for a mate (a love nest as it were, perched in the treetop) complete with two bedrooms for two yet non-existent/future hatchlings.  As such, this love nest aimed to both woo and wow a mate while also demonstrating proper family planning and money-management skills.  The remaining challenge involved the limits set by municipal zoning bylaws that restricted the home’s height to a maximum of “two storeys”.

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Project: A Bower House
  • Location: Niagara Peninsula,  Ontario, Canada
  • Photography: Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde
  • Software used: Auto CAD and Photoshop
  • Designer: 
Paul duBellet Kariouk (Principal), 
Chris Davis (Senior Design Associate), Sarah McMurtry, Adam Paquette, David King, Dimitar Mehandjiev (Design Associates)
  • Dates: 2012 – 2015

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Design Solution:

These challenges were resolved by designing an elongated first storey that accommodated all of the public spaces as well as the two children’s bedrooms and an indoor pool and garage.  Meanwhile, a second storey master bedroom tower is perched forty feet above in the treetops, well above surrounding rooftops.  This configuration provided the desired privacy while harnessing the view of the lake beyond.  Hence, while the local zoning bylaw restricted new homes to a height limit of two storeys, the code did not actually state that a second floor must be contiguous to a lower floor…  The municipal bylaws in that region have since been re-written.

Bowerbird Mission Accomplished: the attached photographs were taken two weeks prior to the client’s wedding, however, no hatchlings in sight just yet.

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Kariouk Associates

Image Courtesy © Kariouk Associates

Image Courtesy © Kariouk Associates

Image Courtesy © Kariouk Associates

Image Courtesy © Kariouk Associates

Image Courtesy © Kariouk Associates

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