Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

Gambier Retreat


BattersbyHowat architects defeated all odds when they designed this house on a tricky site.

Some of the most beautiful locales aren’t the easiest to build on. For their latest project, architect David Battersby and Heather Howat were tasked with perching a 3,500-square-foot vacation house on a steep, remote site overlooking British Columbia’s Center Bay. In fact, it was so out of the way that they had to ship the materials in on the largest barge they could rent, helicoptering the house’s structural beams in place. “It was a harrowing experience,” Howat says.

The site needed a path that would let residents easily ascend from the bank to the house.
The house cantilevers out over the landscape for unimpeded views.
The exterior materials reflect the surrounding environment.
In the living room, a Minotti Held lounge and ottoman center around a Rumford fireplace with a custom metal surround.
In the dining area, Emeco Navy chairs tuck into a custom fir table with metal legs.
Light streams in through the kitchen from massive, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer peaceful views of the outside...
The switchback path continues inside, leading up the stairwell alongside a central concrete wall and then curving...
The path stops at the master bedroom, where a completely glazed end wall frames the wildflower clearing.
The bathroom was similarly designed to make the most of exterior views.
Canvas Butterfly chairs on the outside porch offer a place to chat into the late night hours.
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