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Shaw House / Patkau Architects

  • 01:00 - 13 April, 2012
Shaw House / Patkau Architects
Shaw House / Patkau Architects, © Benjamin Benschneider Photography
© Benjamin Benschneider Photography

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +30

   

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

The Shaw house is located on a narrow waterfront property on the south shore of English Bay. Views from the site stretch across the bay to encompass the skyline of downtown Vancouver and, beyond, the mountains on the north shore of the bay. The house is organized with living spaces at grade, a music room below, and a single bedroom, study, and lap pool above. The pool, with terraces at each end, runs along the entire west side of the house.

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

Because the house is so narrow, spatial expansion is possible only outward over the water and upward. Generous ceiling heights enlarge spaces; a clerestory above the lap pool transmits daylight and dappled, reflected light deep into the central spaces, including the dining room, which rises from the ground level to the upper level of the house. The entrance is directly under the pool, midway along the side of the house. An almost magical aqueous light is transmitted to the entrance area through the water and glass bottom of the pool.

Like many cities on the West Coast, Vancouver is in an area of high seismic risk. A robust structure is required to resist the significant lateral forces that would result from the large mass of water in the pool in the event of an earthquake. Thus the house is constructed almost entirely of reinforced concrete. 

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

A special dense mix utilizing white cement keeps the structure looking bright during frequent rainy weather. Inside this concrete shell, the house is insulated and clad with gypsum board. In areas where insulation not required, the concrete structure is exposed. Muted materials and colors – white painted walls, pale concrete floors, precast stair treads, and bleached millwork – allow natural light, even the soft light of winter, to describe the interior.

Cite: "Shaw House / Patkau Architects" 13 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/225678/shaw-house-patkau-architects/>
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51 Comments

Małgorzata · March 23, 2015

I don't like unfunctional things in houses.

Małgorzata · March 23, 2015

Everybody is talking about the swimming poll above the entrance, but nobody noticed that the pool is so shallow, that it makes it unfunctional.So what this pool is made for, because not for normal swimming? To make noise around architects and that is all.

James M · August 24, 2014

Put some sharks in the swimming pool, and you'll have a perfect Bond villain lair

Lion London · September 03, 2012

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Jacques Corby-Tuech · July 27, 2012

@CharlotteUpHigh How about this house? http://t.co/jkNGBj5q

Jacques Corby-Tuech · July 26, 2012

This house is amazing. http://t.co/jkNGBj5q I want a rooftop pool.

hungoree · July 11, 2012

#ArchitecturePorn http://t.co/TlA4ZfOF I remember watching this house being built, they demolished the concrete 2 times, board poured

Natalia Alexiou NAi · May 16, 2012

Love the dappled light in the interior of this house, resulting from the interplay of daylight and water. http://t.co/WthFrmG2

David Kominek · April 29, 2012

a glass-bottom pool modern house on point grey road. Shaw House / Patkau Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/uTaYna5U via @archdaily

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Faisal Vallani · April 27, 2012

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Kathe · April 26, 2012
oaarchitects · April 25, 2012

Patkau Architects are behind Shaw House, a great addition to the #Vancouver #architecture scene, http://t.co/4BF4TAYY cc: @AIBC1920

Eric Black · April 24, 2012

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Juan Carlos Cornejo · April 23, 2012

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Nora Almansouri · April 21, 2012

Our future houses, but different paint for sure :p @AfraAlmehairi @R_rashed_Q @Amooonyy @SaraAljunaibi http://t.co/f1RdQyLr

WTD Magazine · April 21, 2012

for the ultimate swimmer http://t.co/I0efKNzg

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Contempophile · April 18, 2012

RT @ArchDaily http://t.co/oHwzQ68g : A pool above an entrance way? Why not. More @ http://t.co/QxfJWtVi

Gaby Rodriguez · April 17, 2012

Creativity has no limits... check out the entry to this house: http://t.co/sYbpIf1f great work from Patkau Architects! #architecture

warkalee · April 17, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: http://t.co/IsEa2RFG : A pool above an entrance way? Why not. More @ http://t.co/jDEgqQHB..tell me if architecture is nt fun

Ting · April 17, 2012

http://t.co/F1AAnNW9 : A pool above an entrance way? Why not. More @ http://t.co/fNCOTZx2

DAP Innovation · April 17, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: http://t.co/IsEa2RFG : A pool above an entrance way? Why not. More @ http://t.co/jDEgqQHB..tell me if architecture is nt fun

Johnson Hardware · April 17, 2012

RT @SamHaagenson check out the entry to this house: http://t.co/P9KvvRSr great work from Patkau Architects! #architecture <simple gorgeous!

selim samaha · April 17, 2012

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André Goulart · April 17, 2012

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Armin Kraft · April 17, 2012

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queue · April 17, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: http://t.co/IsEa2RFG : A pool above an entrance way? Why not. More @ http://t.co/jDEgqQHB..tell me if architecture is nt fun

Leonardo Delgado · April 16, 2012

Prometo hacer una piscina asi en donde sea! - http://t.co/qV7SUD1M

Fatima Malik · April 15, 2012

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ruj rattanapahu · April 15, 2012

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Robert John Anderson · April 14, 2012

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Cris García-Blanco · April 14, 2012

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Shige. I · April 14, 2012

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Andrew Black Design · April 14, 2012

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Always liked Patkau architects. Not so sure about the concrete on this one.

Frank Ellis · April 14, 2012

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Lukas Dryja · April 14, 2012

The reflection of the water on the walls is mesmerizing. Shaw House http://t.co/7HzSKFsW

:: Drafters · April 14, 2012

Via @ArchDaily - Shaw House / Patkau Architects http://t.co/P4yqwzMu #architecture

Jordan · April 14, 2012

Why are the Patkaus publishing this decade old project? It's nice - but surely they've been up to things in more recent years that is far more worthy of a spot on ArchDaily.... Fort York Visitors Centre maybe?

mark haladyna · July 14, 2012 10:20 PM

Thanks for the tip. Remembered this house from long ago but your comment prompted me to check out the Patkau site. The Fort York project does look amazing and I look forward to seeing more of it when it is done.

KenKelleher · April 14, 2012

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leaflette · April 14, 2012

RT @nicholaspatten: Shaw House. http://t.co/WXr8kxdN

Nicholas Patten · April 14, 2012

Shaw House. http://t.co/mhhP86N3

Qui Mineo · April 14, 2012

La casa Shaw si trova in una proprietà sullo stretto litorale di English Bay. Dal sito la visuale spazia sulla... http://t.co/dHEtOaNf

Is arch · April 14, 2012

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Knut Eric Wingsch · April 14, 2012

Shaw House, Vancouver, Canada / Patkau Architects http://t.co/VDkVJWG3

Nick Allen · April 14, 2012

Daily #architecture escape: Shaw House / Patkau Architects http://t.co/7u1XNere

Bader Aldurai · April 14, 2012

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Tom Peeters · April 13, 2012

I love the lighting effect of the swimming pool on the walls

Boston Blueprints · April 13, 2012

These are great designs! Love it.

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