The Gravity House

British Columbia, Canada
Architect
  • Peter Rose Architecture+ Interiors Inc
Landscape Design
  • De Haas Landscape Design
Builder
  • Reid Developments
Photographer
  • Martin Knowles
Location
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 5300
  • Lot Size
  • 14911
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 5
  • The Gravity House takes off!

    Located at the University Endowment Lands, the ”Gravity House” utilizes an inverted roof design to playfully express ideas of flight and reaching skyward. By allowing rain to be caught in its inverted slopes, water is diverted to the centre of the roof. Once caught, it flows to protruding beams at either ends to be channelled ceremonially down decorative rain chains to the ground. Conversely, sunny days allow light to penetrate throughout the house while allowing the roof to hover.

    One of the primary challenges faced by Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc. was making optimal use of the site, an odd triangular shaped lot. This problem was overcome by the introduction of an “openable corner” from the main Family Room along with a spacious wrap around patio, providing the client with an elegant space to entertain and have full use of the backyard.

    The sense of lightness and space is felt throughout the home, enhanced by the introduction of other unique features including the large central skylight that draws light to the middle of the house, and the strategic use of the terrace to act as the roof of the basement. A delightful case of modern expression in flight!

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    Front Entry to the Gravity House at the University Endowment Lands, Vancouver, BC Photo  of The Gravity House modern home

    Front Entry to the Gravity House at the University Endowment Lands, Vancouver, BC

    The dynamic butterfly roof and rain chains add to the modern look Photo 2 of The Gravity House modern home

    The dynamic butterfly roof and rain chains add to the modern look

    The welcoming exterior front walkway lights up at night Photo 3 of The Gravity House modern home

    The welcoming exterior front walkway lights up at night

    This corner "opening" is a unique feature that graces the backyard of the Gravity House Photo 4 of The Gravity House modern home

    This corner "opening" is a unique feature that graces the backyard of the Gravity House

    The modern bathroom gently connects to outdoors through butt-corner windows Photo 5 of The Gravity House modern home

    The modern bathroom gently connects to outdoors through butt-corner windows

    Elegant evening view of stunning back corner deck Photo 6 of The Gravity House modern home

    Elegant evening view of stunning back corner deck

    When the doors are open, the warm living room interior flows out into the garden Photo 7 of The Gravity House modern home

    When the doors are open, the warm living room interior flows out into the garden

    The Gravity House facade glows proudly at night Photo 8 of The Gravity House modern home

    The Gravity House facade glows proudly at night

    Luxurious top quality stone, wood and glass come together to provide an spacious and elegant back yard presence Photo 9 of The Gravity House modern home

    Luxurious top quality stone, wood and glass come together to provide an spacious and elegant back yard presence