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Contemporary Cabin on Cortes Island by Balance Associates Architects

By • May 18, 2011

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Seattle-based studio Balance Associates Architects has designed the Corters Island project.

As its name suggests, this three bedroom, two bathroom cabin is located on Cortes Island, one of the archipelago known as the Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada.

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Cortes Island Residence by Balance Associates

“Located on Cortes Island, British Columbia, the Cortes Residence is sited on a granite cliff face that serves as a wind break for Cortes Bay and the Seattle and Vancouver yacht clubs. To the south, the house is exposed to the Straight of Georgia which delivers 100mph plus winds and salt spray during winter storms. To withstand the winds, the house structure is embedded into the bedrock with cross braced steel columns and exposed floor beams allowing the house to cantilever gracefully off the hillside.

The entry side of the house sits level with the bedrock and is made up of visually solid concrete forms that create the entry space and anchor the house to the site. From the entry, one accesses the central great room which includes the living, dining and kitchen, all with expansive views to the straight beyond. The main gathering space opens up to a south facing exterior deck by way of a grand 11ft tall by 24ft wide custom sliding door. This great room is flanked by a guest suite and study to the west and a master suite that captures the morning sunlight from the east.”

Photos by: Steve Keating Photography
Source: Contemporist

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