Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Designed into an escarpment overlooking a beautiful lake environment, this home was designed to be an optimal home for retirement. The home is ideally suited to build memories with a large family of children and grandchildren.

The client, who aspired to a career in architecture before becoming established in the wood industry, collaborated with Alvin Fritz in the design of the residence based on the concept of finding shelter under three overturned canoes.

The theme is expressed with a structural solution of three bays of curved glulam beams, spanned with tongue and grooved decking – evoking interior canoe construction.  The structural design support is by Equilibrium Consulting out of Vancouver. A Nana-wall system opens the glass wall to all the views, blurring the line between exterior and interior – fostering well-being by integrating lifestyle with the natural environment.