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

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

Architect, educator and writer. Partner at ArqEstructura. Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Blogger at criticalista.com.

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