Happy first of July people – which also means it’s Canada Day!
We’ve decided to mark the occasion by showing you this stunning piece of wooden architecture that spans over the Canadian forest floor. Perfect for a little Canada Day appreciation!
The dwelling – called the Brigehouse – is designed by Peruvian architecture firm Llama Urban Design. The reason for this name becomes evident when you discover it connects two sides of a tree-covered valley in Ontario. It’s suspended above the forest floor and forms a bridge over the ravine below.
Glulam engineered timber forms the main structure of Brigehouse. The two large beams on other side of the house that span the small valley are anchored by concrete pads. The floor – also wooden – is supported between the beams and creates a platform across the valley. One side of the structure is almost fully glazed, opening onto a balcony that looks towards a lake.
The central hub of the building is an open-plan kitchen and living room. You can access the home at each end, where external metal staircases run up each side. These lead to a roof deck. To keep with the angular, precise design, the rooms in the house are mirrored. This layout includes a bedroom, a detached bathroom, and a separate smaller room.
Unstained cedar cladding appears on the walls and the roof, and inside large panels of maple plywood cover the walls and floors. In fact, the entire construction uses only local woods, and the project was awarded first prize at the Ontario Wood Design Awards 2016!