Lefebvre-Smyth Residence by CEI Architecture
Located in Kaleden, B.C.
This residence is a single family home that is designed to be a sustainable piece of architecture. According to CEI’s website, “due to the slope of the terrain, the building footprint was minimized in order to reduce a complex foundation construction.” Therefore, CEI had to be very creative with their design in order for the residence to be functional but also sustainable.
The exterior is visually appealing because of the very irregular shapes that culminate together to make one cohesive building. The cantilevered section adds an element of grandness to the residence as well as adding a dimension of height. I can not tell from the photos what the main material used for the skin of the exterior was. However, I would imagine that it would be a natural material given the goal of sustainability. Also, like the Caterpillar House, the underside of the roof reveals exposed wood with a light finish to it. Upon first glance, the two sections of the home appeared to be asymmetrical, however upon further glances, they seem to be much more symmetrical in size than I had thought originally. The difference between the angle of the roofs on both parts of the residence really invite you to think about what you are looking at.
The website mentions that TJIs were used to support the wood deck that is part of the cantilevered section of the house. This second tier of the house appears to be the more conventional living space for the family. Whereas the first floor seems to be more for recreation. I can see in one of the photos a few workout machines, which would suggest a home gym on the ground floor. This house also features incredibly large amount of windows that allow the residents to grasp everything their surroundings have to offer without going outside.
I could only find one photo of the interior. From this photo the interior appears to be very modern, but minimalist. There does not appear to be any extra decorations around or any furniture that is not essential to the immediate needs of individuals. The light colored wood seen on the underside of the roof appears to be similar to the wood used for the flooring and window/ doorway trim. Other than that, the interior just seem to be very simple and functional.
“It’s the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It’s seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can’t watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor’s tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.”
― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
The Holy Austin Rock Houses at Kinver Edge, England.
Occupied until the 1950s and thought by many to be the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien’s hobbit holes, the quarters of Holy Austin Rock are carved directly into the sandstone cliff, with the oldest chambers dating back to the arrival of Christianity in England around 700 AD.
Photographs by Andrew Whitman.
Ten of the Best Storybook Cottage Homes Around the World
These 10 fairy tale inspired cottages with their hand-made details call to mind the tales of the Brothers Grimm and other fantasy stories. All of these cottages are real-life homes from around the world. From stunning cottage houses to mystical stone dwellings, these 10 storybook cottage homes provide inspiration and inspire the imagination.
- Hobbit House - Rotorua, New Zealand
- Winckler Cottage - Vancouver Island, Canada
- Akebono kodomo-no-mori Park, Japan
- Wooden Cottage - Białka Tatrzańska, Tatra Mountains, Poland
- Blaise Hamlet - Bristol, England
- Willa Kominiarski Wierch - Zakopane, Poland
- Forest House - Efteling, The Netherlands
- Cottage in the Hamlet of Marie Antoinette - Versailles, France
- Cob House - Somerset, United Kingdom
- The Spadena House - Beverly Hills, California, United States