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Straight as an arrow – the “Linear House” on Salt Spring Island by Patkau Architects, Vancouver
8/23/2011

The "Linear House" is located on a piece of land 16 hectares large on Salt Spring Island, off the coast of Vancouver. The slightly sloping grounds on which the long thin residence stands is surrounded to the East and West by eye-catching tall douglas trees. On the southern side, an orchard with a variety of different fruit trees has been planted. The "Linear House" was designed by Patkau Architects, a Canadian company, and stretches, straight as an arrow, a full 80 meters in line with the tall trees. From a distance it is hard to gauge the sheer scale of the house. The charcoal-colored fiber-cement panels set the building off from the impressive fir green around it. The interior is clad with a wrap-around strip of opaque white acrylic panels. Fluorescent lamps within the skylights ensure that at night too the complete ceiling seems to turn into a luminous field. The aluminum and glass sliding doors are mounted flush with the outer façade and if the weather is good the house thus morphs swiftly into an open-air pavilion.

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Linear House on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia - by Patkau Architects | All photos © James Dow
Linear House on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia - by Patkau Architects | All photos © James Dow