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  5. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
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  7. Lightbox / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Lightbox / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

  • 12:00 - 27 April, 2015
Lightbox / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Lightbox / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

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    HBHansen Construction
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© Nic Lehoux Photography
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Text description provided by the architects. Designed as a home and studio for a photographer and his young family, Lightbox is located on a peninsula that extends south from British Columbia across the border to Point Roberts. The densely forested site lies beside a 180-acre park that overlooks the Strait of Georgia, the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound.

© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

Having experienced the world from under a black focusing cloth and large format camera lens, the photographer has a special fondness for simplicity and an appreciation of unique, genuine and well-crafted details.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The home was made decidedly modest, in size and means, with a building skin utilizing simple materials in a straightforward yet innovative configuration. The result is a structure crafted from affordable and common materials such as exposed wood two-bys that form the structural frame and directly support a prefabricated aluminum window system of standard glazing units uniformly sized to reduce the complexity and overall cost.

© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

Accessed from the west on a sloped boardwalk that bisects its two contrasting forms, the house sits lightly on the land above the forest floor.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

A south facing two-story glassy cage for living captures the sun and view as it celebrates the interplay of light and shadow in the forest. To the north, stairs are contained in a thin wooden box stained black with a traditional Finnish pine tar coating. Narrow apertures in the otherwise solid dark wooden wall sharply focus the vibrant cropped views of the old growth fir trees at the edge of the deep forest.

© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

Lightbox is an uncomplicated yet powerful gesture that enables one to view the subtlety and beauty of the site while providing comfort and pleasure in the constantly changing light of the forest.

© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

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Cite: "Lightbox / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson" 27 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/622968/lightbox-bohlin-cywinski-jackson/> ISSN 0719-8884
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