Esquimalt House: East Africa Meets Vancouver Vibes!

Last Updated on August 9, 2023 by Quiet Minimal
The Esquimalt House's upper floor volume for efficient use of space and grandeur

The Esquimalt House is perched atop a steeply sloping lot, connecting the living areas, side yard, and entertaining outdoor spaces seamlessly. 

From Family to Guests: The Functionality of Dual Entrances

dual entrances designed for family and guests in the Esquimalt House

It features two entrances – one on the lower level, designed to welcome family, and another on the top level, tailored for guests – that create two distinct arrival experiences. 

The Perfect Balance: Quasi-Public and Private Spaces in the House

the stunning interior and exterior of the Esquimalt House
full floor plan of an Esquimalt House

The house offers striking interior and exterior quasi-public spaces for entertaining, as well as more intimate and private spaces for relaxation and contemplation. 

A Place to Entertain and Recharge

perfect balance in the Esquimalt House
side view plan of an Esquimalt House

It’s a perfect place to entertain, as well as a place to escape from it all.

The Art of Multi-Purpose Architecture

unique and complex design of the Esquimalt House
basement plan of an Esquimalt House

The Esquimalt house is a truly unique and complex building, one that provides a perfect illustration of the many different ways in which architecture can be used to serve multiple functions. 

Living with History: The House as a Connection to Heritage

Esquimalt House as a living gallery of spiritual and cultural artifacts

Not only does the house serve its main purpose of providing a living space for its owners, but it also acts as a gallery to show off various artifacts of spiritual and cultural significance, creating a space for the owners to feel connected to their heritage. 

Stunning and Functional Design in the Esquimalt House

Esquimalt House as a stunning and functional example of architectural design

The house is also designed with a series of terraces, allowing for the efficient use of the site and providing a sense of elevation and grandeur. The Esquimalt house is a perfect illustration of how architecture can be used to create a stunning and functional home.

Separation with Style: The Art of Vertical and Horizontal Terracing

Esquimalt House divided by vertical and horizontal terracing for privacy and functionality

A vertical and horizontal terracing was used to divide the house, providing a separation between the quasi-public areas on one side of the property and the private living spaces on the other. 

Consolidating Bedrooms for Optimal Use of Space

upper floor plan of an Esquimalt House

Bedrooms were consolidated into an upper floor volume, perched over an elongated main floor. This allowed for more efficient use of the site while also providing a sense of elevation and grandeur.

Esquimalt House by Mcleod Bovell

West Vancouver – completed summer 2012

7,000 SF single-family house

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