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Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture
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Naramata Bench House

This three building complex curves along the brow of a hill. It overlooks Okanagan Lake and the vineyards of the Naramata Bench to the west. To the east lies the natural woodlands and hills of the Okanagan. The plan of the house and woodworking shop/garage form a concave curve, creating a sheltered courtyard that captures southern sun on the forest side. An artist’s studio is built into the hillside below the house. Its landscaped roof extends the existing garden grasslands.

Wood is the main construction material for the buildings. Curved glulam beams fly through space following the dynamic lines of the architecture and highlighting a central circulation corridor/gallery. Above these beams, rafters are held in place by Douglas fir king posts. In section, the roof undulates; a living sculpture responding to the shape of the rolling hills, the hierarchy of spatial use and opportunities of sun, air and views. The exposed laminated Douglas fir frame and decking create beautiful, warm, sensuous spaces. All the timber frames were precut locally using CNC technology. Curved rammed earth walls run through the length of the buildings unifying the design and visually connecting the buildings to the desert land.

The boundary between nature and the home is creatively blurred by the use of local wood, rammed earth and the sculptural forms. The architecture and art make profound connections between people and nature.

Total dimensions
3520 sq ft (Area)
  • Exterior View to Lake Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Exterior View to Lake

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 4
    ["SA"] [Published] منزل البحيرة في كندا.. الحلم يتحول إلى حقيقة
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты
    ["CA"] [Published] This lakeside house in Canada is the perfect dream home
    ["BR"] [Published] As 7 melhores cidades do mundo para viver (e escolher para viajar)
  • Kitchen View Modern Kitchen by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Kitchen View

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 3
    ["SA"] [Published] منزل البحيرة في كندا.. الحلم يتحول إلى حقيقة
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты
    ["CA"] [Published] This lakeside house in Canada is the perfect dream home
  • Custom Door Modern Windows and Doors by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Custom Door

  • Exterior View Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Exterior View

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["CA"] [Published] Vancouver Style in 5 incredible houses
  • Aerial view of House and Garage Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Aerial view of House and Garage

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["SA"] [Published] منزل البحيرة في كندا.. الحلم يتحول إلى حقيقة
    ["CA"] [Published] This lakeside house in Canada is the perfect dream home
  • Timber Kitchen Modern Kitchen by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Timber Kitchen

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты
  • Exterior View Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Exterior View

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["CA"] [Published] This lakeside house in Canada is the perfect dream home
  • Post and Beam Roof Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Post and Beam Roof

  • Rammed Earth wall Entryway Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Rammed Earth wall Entryway

  • Rammed Earth wall Entryway Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Rammed Earth wall Entryway

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["SA"] [Published] منزل البحيرة في كندا.. الحلم يتحول إلى حقيقة
    ["CA"] [Published] This lakeside house in Canada is the perfect dream home
  • Rammed Earth wall morning room Modern Living Room by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Rammed Earth wall morning room

  • Exterior View Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Exterior View

  • Interior View Modern Dining Room by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Interior View

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 5
    ["EG"] [Published] تصميمات غرف سفرة أنيقة على النمط الكندي
    ["SA"] [Published] منزل البحيرة في كندا.. الحلم يتحول إلى حقيقة
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты
    ["CA"] [Published] This lakeside house in Canada is the perfect dream home
    ["CA"] [Published] Canadian dining rooms that will work up your appetite
  • Studio View to Lakefront Modern Study Room and Home Office by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Studio View to Lakefront

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты
  • Winter views of the lake Modern Houses by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Winter views of the lake

  • Open Concept Kitchen Modern Kitchen by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Open Concept Kitchen

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты
  • Stone and Wood Entryway Modern Windows and Doors by Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture Modern

    Stone and Wood Entryway

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["RU"] [Published] Канадский деревянный дом мечты

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