Bridge House

View from beach

The Bridge House was designed in the studio of Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith / Blue Sky Architecture, in Vancouver. Built for a retired couple, it is situated on one of B.C.’s Gulf Islands, overlooking the Strait of Georgia from the sloping edge of a forest. The elongated house is perforated by a passageway over an old footpath used to gain access to the beach, delineating the guest house from the main house. The long, gently arched roof is supported by a timber structure not unlike trestle railway bridges of the 19th century. Bridge House received a Canadian Wood Council Honour Award as well as a Lieutenant Governor’s Merit Award in 1998.

Study model
Longitudinal section, working-drawing
Main floor plan / longitudinal section
Exploded axonometric drawing
Timber trestle structure
Under construction: view through passageway toward beach
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About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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