A Unique Home in the Canadian Forest That Doubles As a Bridge
Created by Lima-based firm Llama Urban Design, the interesting home is constructed from locally sourced, glue-laminated Douglas fir (known as glulam) and was designed to have a minimal impact on the site. Its linear bridge-like design—which spans 59 feet across a ravine—forms a horizontal line, which acts as a counterpoint to the landscape, celebrating its sylvan location.
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The narrow house is suspended from an inverted V-shaped glulam structure that supports an exterior staircase leading to the roof deck.
Set at the height of the tree canopy, the house features two main facades. The lake-facing side is fully glazed with a sliding-door system that converts the living room into a covered balcony, which overlooks the landscape when opened. The other side has glazing, which follows the form of the structure and features forest-facing views.
The interiors measure 2,476 square feet and are clad in maple plywood. The large wooden panels act as a backdrop, reflecting the interplay of light and shadow created by the movement of the forest—integrating the surroundings into the minimalist interiors of the home.
The clean design frames the landscape, creating a sense of lightness throughout the interiors.
Like a bridge, the home can be accessed from either end—its open-plan kitchen and living room at the center of the long and narrow floor plan. A bedroom, bathroom, and a smaller room are set on either end and mirror each other's layout.
Extensive built-in cabinetry and shelving complement the design and provide ample storage.
The exterior of the home is clad in locally sourced, unstained-cedar siding that runs horizontally, producing a contrast to the forest's vertical landscape.
-Architect of Record: Llama Urban Design
-Architects: Mariana Leguía, Angus Laurie
-Team (Llama Urban Design): Mariana Leguía, Angus Laurie, Patrick Webb, Alvaro Rivadeneira
-Structural Engineering: Mike Feindel, Blackwell Structural Engineers
-Engineering (Heating, Plumbing, and Electric): Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric
-Photography: Ben Rahn, A-Frame Studio, NY/Toronto