This house will be perched above a lakefront cliff looking west across the north arm of Okanagan Lake. Three steel posts pinned to bedrock will support a steel frame and SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) floor- and roof systems. Concrete will be limited to a small ledge along the road edge which will support the steel beams.

Site disturbance will be minimal. Sun-and wind penetration under the floating building will preserve the Cliffside ecology. In a context of overbuilt, often whimsical monster houses, we hope this 190 m2 building will make a statement of practicality, ecological conscience, and fine engineering.

From the road edge, the disruption of the roadside slope can be seen. This disturbed area will returned to its grassland state.

Seen from below, landscape lights will illuminate the underside of the floating house and a rusted steel stairway that is planned to wind from the entrance of the house down to the lakefront.

With the roof taken off, the interior layout can be seen.

Planters, a trellis and a pergola over the entrance will support fountain grasses and a wisteria. Cladding will be rusted steel plate.

A bird’s view of the west side

A bird over the road would see the handrails around the hole in the entrance patio which mark the beginning of the landscape stairs to the lake.

A bird over the road would see the handrails around the hole in the entrance patio which mark the beginning of the landscape stairs to the lake.