5. SOOKE STRANDHAUS
Home to a young, active family, the Sooke Strandhaus sits waterside, on the pebbled shore of the Juan de Fuca Straight. The main house stretches out along the length of the site to maximize its views and connection to the water, while stepping down gently towards the beach with a series of stone patios. Its low-slung roofline not only makes for a soft transition to the waterfront, but also allows the in-laws' separate coach house, set back into the hill, to peek over top the main house for its own view of the straight.
Inside, the living spaces are organized around a main spine - a direct line through the length of the house from the main entry to an outdoor side patio. The expressed timber roof structure makes extensive use of local fir, sourced by the client, for a contemporary but warm West Coast aesthetic. We also drew upon the expertise of the client's father - a retiring structural steel manufacturer - to achieve the large openings, framing views of the arresting landscape.