Shape & Surface: A Contemporary Design in a Natural Setting

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Image: Ivan Hunter for Splyce Design

Here’s a design puzzle for you: how do you design a residence built into a wooded mountainside overlooking a gorgeous ocean view without spoiling the natural surroundings? Splyce Design, an architecture firm in Vancouver, answered this question by creating a natural modern home as a series of stacked volumes that manage to be both beautiful, and perfectly integrated into the landscape. What makes this home work is the firm’s decision to focus on shape and surface throughout the design and interior.

Shape & Surface: A Contemporary Design in a Natural Setting

Image: Ivan Hunter for Splyce Design

I love when certain proportions are able do something magical, and then fade away. This cantilevered dining room space is amazing—the kind of design that makes me smile. It impresses without overwhelming the surrounding scenery.

Shape & Surface: A Contemporary Design in a Natural Setting

Image: Ivan Hunter for Splyce Design

Turning to the interior of this home, it’s easy to see that the focus is on understated, quality materials that don’t compete with the external elements. The timelessness of polished concrete, white oak, and the kitchen island’s Caesarstone counters all speak to their permanence within the structure’s natural setting.

Shape & Surface: A Contemporary Design in a Natural Setting

Image: Ivan Hunter for Splyce Design

A quick turn to the right reveals the open flow of the space from kitchen to sitting area—much in the same way the mountainside steps down toward the ocean. Once again, the focus of the design is on pleasing shapes and smart surfaces.

Shape & Surface: A Contemporary Design in a Natural Setting

Image: Ivan Hunter for Splyce Design

In another delightful tribute to the surroundings, this staircase transitions from the woods of treads leading upstairs to the sand-infused surface of concrete on the landing. The thoughtful use of shape and surface allows this remarkable home to stand out while effortlessly blending in to it’s setting.

What’s your favorite part of this natural modern home?

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