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Friday, 30 August 2019

Burgers Architecture designs clifftop island home in British Columbia

Bowen by Burgers Architecture


Canadian studio Burgers Architecture has built a vacation home on Vancouver's Bowen Island with gabled volumes that culminate in glass walls to overlook the region's waterway.
The house is built on a rocky promontory on Bowen Island, an island to the north of Downtown Vancouver.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
Burgers Architecture designed the holiday home to harness the ruggedness of the surroundings, which comprises granite cliffs covered in moss, shrubs and coastal fir and pine trees.
A feature of the site is the expansive views of the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
"The property is a gently sloping grass meadow terminating in a steep and rocky shoreline, rich with sea otters, eagles and mule deer," said Burgers Architecture. "It stands as a refuge beacon on the edge of the sea."
Bowen Island Residence is adapted to its climate with durable materials including a "tough outer skin" of steel with a galvalume coating and painted finish in grey. This hard material is used for the home's roofing and exteriors walls.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
The structure is U-shaped and spans 4,500 square feet (418 square metres). Two small portions that extend out front either end, with gabled portions fronted by glazing.
"The design takes its cue from the rugged coastal fisherman's huts whose straightforward lines and tight building envelopes withstand the strong southeasterly winter winds and corrosive salt air," the studio said.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
Horizontal cedar boards cover other exterior portions, and ceilings inside are comprised of milled hemlock. Both add a natural feel and a contrast to the exterior.
Three different gabled shaped top the house, with the longest running down the spine of the linear portion.
Interiors comprise a kitchen with white, L-shaped cabinets, an island and grey counters. A dining nook is located behind one of the half-walled cabinets.
Next to the kitchen, when viewed from the water, is a glazed volume that mirrors the kitchen portion. It houses a living room with a cornered wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive views of the water.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
Outdoor steps from the kitchen and living rooms access a patio for outdoor dining and another space further away from the property.
At the centre of the home are a dining room and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The entrance is at the other end of the house, with an office and steps that access a cellar and art storage in the basement.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
Also located on the side is a master suite with a large closet, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower divides two sinks and two toilets.
Complementing the white walls of Bowen Island Residence are minimal furnishings in grey, black, white and wood tones. A large collection of art from the owner is also displayed, such as a square-shaped green painting in the living room.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
"The owner's extensive collection of sophisticated contemporary art provides a stunning contrast to the jaw-dropping rugged beauty of its site," said Burgers Architecture.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
The Vancouver firm included a number of energy-efficient features inside the home such as black concrete floors that are heated with geothermal coils buried in the meadow adjacent to the home.
A cistern collects rainwater on the roof, which is in limited supply in the summer months. This water is for home-use after it is purified on-site.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
Joining Bower Island Residence is a similarly remote home in the region, Stilt House by Hunter Office Architecture in the town of Britannia Beach.
Other projects nearby in Vancouver are Laneway House in the Point Grey neighbourhood by Campos Studio, Mcleod Bovell's Sunset House in West Vancouver and a renovated, black home by D'Arcy Jones Architecture.
Bowen by Burgers Architecture
Burgers Architecture is led by Cedric Burgers after his parents Marieke and Robert Burgers founded the firm in 1981.
Photography is by Michael Boland.

Winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 announced

Wasit Wetland Centre, Sharjah, by X-Architects
Wasit Wetland Centre, United Arab Emirates, by X-Architects. Photo by the architect


A bamboo preschool, a Palestinian museum and a nature reserve built on an old rubbish dump are among the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners.
The six winning projects of the award were selected from a shortlist of 20 buildings from 16 countries, which was revealed in April of this year.
Alongside the Arcadia Education Project by Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, the Palestinian Museum by Heneghan Peng Architects and Wasit Wetland Centre by X-Architects, the three other winning projects are the Revitalisation Of Muharraq in Bahrain, the Public Spaces Development Programme in Tatrstan and Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit by IDOM.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 shortlist
Palestinian Museum, Palestine, by Heneghan Peng Architects. Photo by Cemal Emden
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is a triennial award established in 1977 to celebrate architectural projects that "successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence".
This year marks the fourteenth cycle of the programme, with winners chosen by a committee including David Chipperfield, Elizabeth Diller, David Adjaye, headed by Aga Khan – a Muslim spiritual leader.
The winners will each be awarded a share of a $1 million (£774,000) jackpot, which makes it one of the most lucrative architecture prizes in the world.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 shortlist
Arcadia Education Project, Bangladesh, by Saif Ul Haque Sthapati
, Photo by Sanndro di Carlo Darsa
The zigzagging Palestinian Museum by Heneghan Peng Architects is one of four new builds to have won a prize this year. The three others each serve an educational purpose.
IDOM's prize-winning Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit is a lecture building in Senegal, and the Arcadia Education Project by Saif Ul Haque Sthapat in Bangladesh is a bamboo preschool-cum-hostel for single women that offers vocational training facilities.
Public Spaces Development Programme, Russia, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatrstan
Public Spaces Development Programme, Russia, by Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatrstan. Photo by Ivan Petrov
The third, The Wasit Wetland Centre by X Architects, is a nature reserve for 350 species of bird that was built from a rubbish dump in Sharjah. It exists to educate locals about the site's unique environment.
Wasit Wetland Centre is the first time a project in the United Arab Emirates has won an Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit, Bambey, by IDOM.
Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit, Senegal, by IDOM. Photo is by Chérif Tall
Similarly, the Revitalisation Of Muharraq world heritage site and the Public Spaces Development Programme – the revival of over 300 public spaces in Tatarstan – are the first projects in Bahrain and Russia respectively to have ever received the prize.
Revitalisation Of Muharraq, Bahrain, by Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa
Revitalisation Of Muharraq, Bahrain, by Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. Photo is by Cemal Emden
The last Aga Khan Award for Architecture took place in 2016. The six winning projects included Zaha Hadid's first building in Lebanon and a pink park by BIG.
The ceremony was held at the Al Jahili Fort – a World Heritage Site in Al Ain that itself received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007 following a significant renovation.