This modern residence was designed to take full advantage of the natural light and air flow of its curving, river front site. Tucked into the Assiniboine River’s surrounding riparian forest, this is truly a modern city home fit for gatherings with family and friends, that respects the clients’ individual needs and connection to the natural environment. The house lives much larger than its built square footage due to its connection to the outdoors and how it was conceived to enhance a relationship to the entire site. The home is parceled out into three wings: the first wing contains the garage and mechanical spaces; the middle wing contains living room, dining room and the kitchen, and the third wing contains the primary bedroom suite and den. The wings are arranged around a collection of outdoor patios and covered living areas, and an attached pavilion, oriented toward the river. On the second storey are a bedroom, office and a rooftop deck with spectacular views toward the river and adjacent forest. From the outset, the home was designed with simple, clean detailing and a warm but minimal material palette. Stained vertical cedar siding, standing seam metal roofing and large, black-framed windows and doors combine for a modern and timeless palate. The living volume is clad in board-form concrete, which extends inside into the main living room. Interior spaces were finished with white oak casework and wall paneling, white walls, polished concrete and oak flooring.
Architecture: Secter Architecture + Design
Interiors: Secter Architecture + Design
Builder: Harris Builders
Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering
Photography: Lindsay Reid