MARYNIAK RESIDENCE | 2012
Lions Bay BC
Any successful architectural project requires the participation of many people working towards a common goal. The client established their expectation of a high level of quality in all aspects of the project, persevered during the difficult construction process, and maintained their belief that in order to achieve exceptional results all who contributed must be passionate about their work, bring that intensity to the work place, and be happy with the final results. The results were brilliant.
The site for this residence is the same site as the Meredith Residence which was built 30 years ago, which was left uncared for and required removal. The site is classic West Coast, situated on a forested hillside with rock outcroppings and with views over Howe Sound. The existing foundation location was the starting point for the new residence; retaining a portion of the foundation for the outer wall of the new pool.
Photograph taken 30 years ago during construction of the Meredith Residence showing the circular foundation walls of the original house built on this site.
Photograph taken in 2006 showing the pool construction; the first stage of construction for the new house. The pool design utilized the old house foundation for the outer edge of the pool.
The building form followed the profile and curvature of the site, as with the previous
project, providing views from every room, and staying close to the contours of the hillside.
The branching pattern of the cedar trees on the site was the pattern image used as a generative concept
for the disposition of the roof structure: overlapping, branching, stepping, sheltering.
Close attention to the relative durability of the materials, and craftsmanship. Using the materials of the building enclosure consistent with the nature of each material, and its location and function in the structure was a very important “limiting condition” used to create a sense of order and pattern in the design.
The roof structure was a matrix of wood,clear Douglas Fir. Beams, rafters, purlins, and roof deck scaled to strength requirements. The use of the wood provided warmth of color, texture, and created detail.
THE CONNECTION TO NATURE:
The floor planes were extended through exterior walls to the rock outcroppings of the site, and to exterior decks using the same slate tile material to strongly connect the interior spaces to the out of doors.
The knowledge of, and skill of working with, a material at a very high level.
Craftsmanship is an essential component of the realization of architectural design, as it reveals the inherent nature of materials in terms of their strength, durabilty, color, texture, and form capabilities.This intimate knowledge of a material is only gained through the hands working with a material for many years.
The level of craftsmanship on this project was exceptional.
See project participants below.
The heating and ventilating system was based on the use of GEOTHERMAL energy, and very serious consideration was given to the construction of the floor materials, the wall assembly, and the roof assembly, to co-ordinate with this heat delivery system.
Various wall assemblies were analyzed to find a wall which was tailored to the specific micro climate of the site, and to the ability of the geothermal system to easily and efficiently supply a well ventilated,tempered interior environment in both the winter and summer months.wall assembly
The roof assembly placed the insulation above the roof deck, both to expose the wood deck to the interior, but also to place the dew point outside the vapour barrier.
There is ventilation space above the insulation and below the metal cladding to remove any condensation moisture from the underside of the metal cladding and prolong the life of the roof, but also to remove any residual heat loss in order to maintain a cool roof in winter and summer.
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS & LINKS
It was a privilege to work with the following participants,all of whom provided their insights and expertise.
George & Barbara Maryniak
BUILDER & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Somerled Construction Ltd.
4115 Burkeridge Place
West Vancouver, BC
Contact: Greg Nadeau, Owner
Wilkens Chan, P.Eng.(retired)
114 – 2433 Dollarton Highway
North Vancouver, BC, V7H 0A1
Tel. 604 990 0546
Fax. 604 990 0583
TIMBER & ALL VISIBLE WOOD
Beere Timber Company
312 East Esplanade, North Vancouver B.C., Canada V7L 1A4
Tel: 1-606-990-9655 Mobile: 1 604-880-0907
Email: [email protected]
GEOTHERMAL & MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
Contact Scott Miller, President
Address 705 West 15th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1T2
Email: [email protected]
Essex Electric Ltd.
150 Mountain Drive
Lions Bay B.C. VON 2E0
Contact: Tim Page
Email: [email protected]
TILE & STONE
Enterprise Tile & Marble ltd.
3385 Oxford Street, Burnaby B.C. V5c 1C2
Tel: 604-298- 0424
Engineering & Machinery Systems Inc.
7208 Honeyman Street, Delta B.C,
Slate Floor Tile: Pamas Slate
Fireplace Facing: Van den Kirkhof & Son | Masonry