Durham Residence

An urban dwelling for a young family in a semi-established subdivision.

  • Residential
  • 249m²
  • 6 Images


Given the elevated nature of the site, within a typical sub-division, and its primary view being to the southwest, we designed this home to turn its back on the street and prevailing winter weather. The intention was to focus on the dwelling and the living space for its occupants.

The main entry has been purposely hidden behind the black cedar wall as an element of protection from the weather, while providing an air of mystique to the residence.

The house is concentrated around an entry courtyard, providing vision and interaction between the family and guests. The north facing eating, dining and living spaces are this home’s focus, with large sliding glazing absorbing the winter sun.

Contrasting cedar cladding was used to identify the different forms of the building. A black-clad core component houses the bedrooms and bathrooms, and two natural brown cedar structures frame the entry courtyard.