A Modern House Built on a Canadian Hayfield

Architecture & Interiors


If this is what rural living looks like, then sign us up immediately! The Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel has designed a house on a Canadian hayfield that takes it’s angular, asymmetrical shape from the 100 year-old timber beams that were—in accordance with the architect’s instructions—used exactly as found, rather than cut to fit.

This “respect for the beams and their history,” has produced a house with nary a right angle in sight, “a piece of origami made out of triangular shapes, which we then draped over the landscape.” Arbel, who also designed the sparkling bespoke lights that hang in every room, has created a one-floor, open plan design, with concrete and walnut expanses offsetting the ethereal drama of glass.

And not just any glass, either. No ho-hum floor-to-ceiling glass windows here; Arbel has given the house’s occupants wall-length accordion doors that open up and fold away completely, erasing the line between shelter and surrounding elements in one dramatic gesture. So much for simple country living.

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