Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture

Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture
Houses  · 
Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Arno Matis Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Casa Dolce Casa, LA SCALA INTEGRATED MEDIA, Marble Art, Perspective Lighting, RAVI DESIGN/CURTAIN OTAKU, Rimadesio, Savant, Unison Windows, Vancouver Gas Fireplaces
  • General Contractor

    GWilson Construction Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer

    Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture
  • Original Architect

    Iconstrux Archtects Ltd (Arno Mathis)
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    GeoPacific Consultants
  • Building Envelope

    Spratt Emanuel
  • Electrical

    B Cryderman Electric
  • Millwork Production

    Intempo Interiors
© John Sinal
© John Sinal

Text description provided by the architects. This highly innovative private residence breaks new ground with an architectural concrete envelope that uses a completely unique white concrete mix custom developed exclusively for the project. The project is a fusion of contemporary east-Asian, and west coast design influences. The composition appears to float on a large reflecting pool set within an oriental garden setting. Large expanses of glazing and sliding doors are framed in African mahogany wood and screened with a dynamic architectural wood screen. The interiors flow with cascading floor slabs and dramatic volumes as unnecessary partitions are removed to create interior ‘exhibition’ spaces. The minimalist interior finishing details include stone slab floors, a suspended main stair of steel and hardwood; floating ceilings; and suspended custom fireplaces.

© John Sinal
© John Sinal
Ground Level
Ground Level
© Michael Elkan
© Michael Elkan
© John Sinal
© John Sinal

Product Description. We used a variety of stone within the design of the home;  one of the unique applications was for the master fireplace; which floated large panels of translucent onyx over DLC Lumisheet; an edge lit acrylic panel system that was used to back light the entire fireplace itself.   Technically it was challenging to ensure a consistent edge to edge glow across the entire fireplace structure without shadowing while maintain the illusion that the fireplace was stone column suspended from the ceiling.  This was only possible through the extensive collaboration between the contractor; the electrician, lighting supplier; custom gas fireplace manufacturer; and the stone supplier & installer. 

© Michael Elkan
© Michael Elkan

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Cite: "Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture" 15 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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