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Four & Four House // McLeod Bovell Modern Houses

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Situated on a steep waterfront lot flanked by suburban context, the Four & Four House knits together the client’s affinity for mid-century post-and-beam construction with contemporary adaptations. The site’s generous width and its semi-naturalized condition provided an opportunity for landscape elements to flow from the front yard, through the centre of the house, to the waterfront in the form of four distinct courtyards.

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

Clad in locally milled yellow cedar, four massive beams frame these courtyards: the sunken entry courtyard, the garden courtyard, the covered outdoor living room, and the waterfront lounge deck.

Spatially, the central courtyard separates the flanking formal and informal living areas. A fully glazed gallery acts as the intersection between the living spaces, entry courtyard, and garden.

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

The upper floor—a screened volume containing the bedrooms—spans the outdoor living room below like a bridge. Shifted toward the street, this volume’s monolithic façade at the south conveys a sense of privacy when viewed from the street. Meanwhile, lowered window heads visually reduce the house’s massing from the water’s edge to give it the appearance of a single-storey volume following the client’s appreciation for mid-century aesthetics..

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille

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