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Horizontal Gravity in West Vancouver, Canada by Alterativ Design Lab

Designed by Vancouver-based multi-disciplinary design firm Alterativ Design Lab, Horizontal Gravity is a minimalistic residence that is located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Project description by architect:

The minimalistic approach and clean interiors emphasise on the beauty of the surrounding nature. The form is shaped by openings gravitated towards the south and west. The quality views of downtown Vancouver and the ocean are to the south and the mesmerizing sunset views are to the west. The design continues the lineage of the west coast modernism movement.

a seaside home on a cliff surrounded by pine trees Visualization by Alterativ Design Lab

The house comprises 5700 square foot of living space including three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a tv room, a dining room, a living room, a lounge area, and two kitchens. The main kitchen and lounge area on the upper floor with views to the pool are suitable for gatherings and the more private areas of the house are located on the lower levels.

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It is only natural to build out of wood in such an environment. This house utilizes a hybrid timber/concrete structure. The upper level is fabricated from Cross laminated timber (CLT) to harness CLT’s thermal massing and provide a high quality and energy efficient living space. The form provides shading on the south façade glazed areas. Energy efficiency is also balanced by minimizing opening to two sided of the building.

Horizontal Gravity in West Vancouver, Canada by Alterativ Design LabVisualization by Alterativ Design Lab

a minimalist White House surrounded by nature Visualization by Alterativ Design Lab

modern kitchen design with living area Visualization by Alterativ Design Lab

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Project name: Horizontal Gravity

Architecture firmAlterativ Design Lab

Lead Designer: Soudeh Keypour

Design Team: Soudeh Keypour, Mehdi Einifar

Location: West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Size: 5700 ft²

Visualization: Alterativ Design Lab

Status: Design 

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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