2010 / Concrete, douglas fir, cedar, walnut, steel, glass

23.2 is a house for a family built on an hourglass shaped rural acreage defined by two masses of forest that form two distinct “outdoor rooms”. The project began, as a point of departure, with a depository of reclaimed, century old Douglas Fir beams from the local forests of British Columbia. The beams were each milled of a single tree, and consequently were of different lengths and cross sectional dimensions—some as long as 20m, some as deep as 1m. The project regards the beams as archaeological artifacts resulting from the social and ecological history of the region. As such, they were not milled, cut, or finished.

Photography by Fahim Kassam

Date: 2008 – 2010
Gross floor area: 5000 ft2 | 465 m2
Client: Randy Bishop
Designer: Omer Arbel Office
Contractor: Brad Martin of Treeline Construction
Structural: Andrew McLellan of Structural Solutions
Geotechnical: Geotech Geothermal
Building Envelope: Code Compliant

Project Team: Omer Arbel, Mark Dennis