Canadian architects Architecturama have designed a breathtaking and surprisingly quirky white cedar-clad home on Canada's tranquil Lake Jasper. The home's compact design and orientation strategically allow for optimal energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint. Although the home's exterior suggests minimalist sophistication, the interior features quirky design elements like multi-purpose bleachers that serve as versatile furnishings.
The compact cube shape of the home was strategically chosen in order to not only reduce the building’s footprint, but also allow for a more economical and efficient use of materials and to help in reducing energy usage. Additionally, the architects went local for a lot of the home’s materials, such as the white cedar siding, which was sourced from a local saw mill.
Looking to reduce the home’s energy use, the structure was built on an elevated slope, and strategically orientated to allow for natural ventilation. Optimal air circulation is achieved thanks to the front windows that open at the bottom and the rear windows that open at the top, providing a cross draft throughout the home.
Although the compact shape and natural appearance of the design may seem simple from the outside, the interior design may leave one a bit bewildered. Attached to the main interior structure, multi-use bleachers serve as versatile structural elements that can be reconfigured as seating, tables, bookshelves, reading areas, and of course, steps.
The bleachers are located throughout the home’s common areas. Standing at the top of the stairs from the lake house, one can enjoy the incredible views of the natural landscape. In the kitchen, the bleachers are used as food preparation areas and tables with seating up to eight people. Throughout the home, the bleachers give the home a customized feel, inviting residents and guest to make their own private space or enjoy a group gathering.
Photography by James Brittain Photography