The Gravity House

British Columbia, Canada
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 5300
  • Lot Size
  • 14911
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 5
  • This project page was created by community member Peter Rose Architecture+Interiors Inc.

    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!

    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

    The welcoming exterior front walkway lights up at night

    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

    Elegant evening view of stunning back corner deck

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

    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

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    Peter Rose Architecture+Interiors Inc.
    Peter Rose Architecture+Interiors is an award winning West Coast Architecture and Interiors firm devoted to creating custom homes of Distinction and Quality. At Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc., what we do is just as important as why we do it, because a house is more than just a box for living in. We believe a well designed home has the capacity to enrich the lives of those that live, visit, play, grow and learn in them. We create tailored living environments with timeless style that achieve excellence in quality, utility and performance. Our approach to architecture is simple and direct. We strive to design a living environment that is respectful of the past, but forward-looking in application of present design principles. Our work is built on a foundation of distinctive design and appropriate technique for the comfort and enjoyment of our clients. Careful attention to detail helps take your project to a whole new level. Site, context, neighbourhood, environment, lifestyle needs and zoning considerations may all influence the project along the way. Our team has the experience, understanding and skill to make building or improving your home one of the best decisions you've ever made. Let us show you the potential for your new home. Call us today at 604-736-7939 or email us at for a consultation.
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