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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.

Floating House in Vancouver, Canada by ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

 
May 28th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

Floating house captures Vancouver’s “West Coast Fusion”: a contemporary mix of eastern and western influences fused with indoor/outdoor living. This highly innovative private residence designed by Arno Matis breaks new ground with an architectural concrete envelope that uses a completely unique white concrete mix custom developed exclusively for the project. The composition appears to float on a large reflecting pool set within an oriental garden setting. Large expanses of glazing and sliding doors are framed in mahogany and screened with a dynamic architectural wood screen. The interiors flow with cascading floor slabs and dramatic volumes as unnecessary partitions are removed to create interior ‘exhibition’ spaces. The minimalist interior finishing details include stone slab floors, a suspended main stair of steel and hardwood; floating ceilings; and suspended custom fireplace, including a glowing onyx fireplace feature in the Master bedroom.

Floating House captures Vancouver’s “West Coast Fusion”: a contemporary mix of eastern and western influences fused with indoor/outdoor living, Image Courtesy © John Sinal

  • Architects: ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC
  • Project: Floating House
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Photography: Michael Elkan, John Sinal
  • Software used: Autocad, Rhino
  • Landscape Architect: Paul Sangha
  • Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp

Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Windows: These wood mahogany frames were specially engineered by Equilibrium and manufactured by Unison at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). The westerly frame spans 30’ high, while the southern and eastern frames span 20’. A seventy-ton mobile hydraulic crane installed the windows over two days.

Dining Room encircled by sliding glass doors opens to a patio overlooking a waterfall and sunken garden. The space is crowned with a Baccarat Chandelier, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Large expanses of glazing and sliding doors are framed in mahogany wood and screened with a dynamic architectural wood façade, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Concrete: Floating House’s architectural concrete envelope uses a completely unique white concrete mix custom developed exclusively for the project. This innovative mix of limestone sand and aggregate imported from Washington state was formed by Arno Matis’ construction company Iconstrux, and is first of its kind in Canada. Extremely quick-setting in character made it a very challenging mix to form, but provides its distinct character: a uniquely a bright, light, natural finish.

The composition appears to float on a large reflecting pool set within an oriental garden, Image Courtesy © John Sinal

Unique sunken garden designed by noted Landscape Architect Paul Sangha features a 10’ waterfall and floating stone walkway to private second suite entrance, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Entertainment patio features ‘zen’ hot tub with signature waterfall edge, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

The interiors flow with cascading floor slabs and dramatic volumes as unnecessary partitions are removed to create interior ‘exhibition’ spaces. Sill track detail is set flush to floor finish for seamless indoor/outdoor living. A ‘floating’ ceiling detail hides cove lighting and curtain hardware. A fully automated home system can be accessed remotely through mobile devices, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows open fully to let in morning light, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Custom walk-in closet with Rimadesio Italian smoked glass doors, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Image Courtesy © John Sinal

Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Floor-to-ceiling glowing onyx fireplace acts as the master suite’s showpiece while simultaneously masking the structural column, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

A custom canopy hood fan with smoked mirror glass is suspended from the floating ceiling over a gas cook-top. Walk-in pantry and fridge is hidden behind custom millwork., Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Den features custom ‘suspended’ desk and built-in shelves in matching mahogany, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Mahogany sliding doors open fully for a truely ‘indoor/outdoor’ bath experience., Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Master bathroom features large slab white carrara marble and a state-of-the-art steam shower, Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

These wood mahogany frames were specially engineered by Equilibrium and manufactured by Unison at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). The westerly frame spans 30’ high, while the southern and eastern frames span 20’, Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

A seventy-ton mobile hydraulic crane installed the windows over two days, Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

Iterative concept sketches and digital modeling by Arno Matis, Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

Inspired by the passive shading principal of branches, the mahogany façade slats act as an added sun shield and privacy screen in this bustling urban setting, Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

Image Courtesy © ARNO MATIS ARCHITECTURE INC

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Categories: Autocad, House, Residential, Rhino

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