Tour this Mountain Lodge Inspired Custom Home in Victoria, B.C.
Tucked into the rainforest of North Saanich, this custom-built home is West Coast on the outside and Rocky Mountain chalet on the inside. Constructing a luxury mountain lodge in a West Coast rainforest is a precarious undertaking. The steep ski-slope roof angles, as well as the log frame and stone accents, are ill-suited to the straight-lined and flat-roofed West Coast esthetic that’s so starkly modern.
West Coast Architecture Meets Rural Landscape
When the homeowners asked builder Tim Agar of Horizon Pacific Contracting for the best architect to design their light- filled West Coast modern home, he recommended Pamela Ubeda, principal and founder of Coast and Beam Architecture.
Readers’ Choice 2018 Second Place: Family-Centered Modern Home
Situated in an earthquake zone, the exterior walls are 8-in. steel-reinforced concrete and were designed with a seismic engineer to ensure high performance in the case of an earthquake.
West Coast with an Edge
With its atrium of polished concrete floors, rich walnut millwork and antiqued steel beams, this Saanich home reimagines the elements and traditions of West Coast architecture. And don’t be fooled by its minimalist structure and the simplicity of its materials: the large open spaces and deep overhangs required advanced structural engineering and specialized construction methods.
A Q & A With Pam Ubeda Of Coast + Beam Architecture
With a crown of Titian curls and a direct gaze, architect Pam Úbeda, owner of Coast + Beam Architecture, is hard to miss as she enters the café. Dressed comfortably for tromping around an Uplands project site, Úbeda is every part the modern architect, waxing fondly over roof styles, clerestory windows and 70s-era post-and-beam architecture.