Lori Zimmer

Gorgeous Glass-Covered Gambier House Offers Stunning Views with Minimal Environmental Impact

by , 06/19/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery



green design, eco design, sustainable design, mcfarlane green biggar, office of mcfarlane bigger architecture, cantilevered home, gambier island, glass cabin

MGB, the predecessor of office of mcfarlane biggar architecture + design (omb), designed the home to have minimal impact on the forested hill it rests on. The remote site is only accessible by boat, so MGB minimized construction materials and used prefabricated pieces to construct the vacation home when possible. The materials were chosen to also minimize environmental impact during construction.

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The stacked volumes are clad in wood, cement board and glass, which were easily affixed together. The lower volumes, which contain living areas, dining and the kitchen, are all met with floor to ceiling glass. A staircase leads up to the second volume, which is cantilevered from the first, giving different views as well as letting in more sunlight. Three bedrooms on the second floor seem to float over the cliff, and connect to outdoor patios that place visitors within the trees.

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Douglas fir flooring throughout the home ties in the forested area to the interior, while also creating a feeling of warmth. The gorgeous holiday home updates the notion of a cabin in the woods, with a glassy structure that brings the beauty of the surrounding nature indoors.

+ office of macfarlane biggar  

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