Along the rugged coast of British Columbia, at the mouth of Desolation Sound, sits the idyllic Cortes Island, which is home to a stunning residence that some locals say resembles a WWI biplane. This unique single-level structure is situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking Cortes Bay with views of the Sound from every room.
Given the rectilinear nature of the site, the architect chose to elevate and elongate the house along the shoreline with an even and rhythmic structure. At the center of the building lies a spacious great room, which is flanked by two wings of the house, giving it the overall look of an aircraft.
The primary structural support for the home is the steel frame, anchored to the site by way of a concrete foundation and pilings, which are embedded into the granite bedrock. Integrated with the steel frame is the secondary structural support system comprised of exposed wood floor beams. These two systems allow the home to cantilever off the hillside while withstanding seasonally extreme weather, including 120mph+ winds and salt spray from the ocean below.