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Tula House

Patkau Architects

You approach the new, stealthily-sited Tula House through thickets of green and between outcrops of raw rock. You have most likely arrived at Quadra Island by local ferry and passed along winding country roads between sporadic buildings of modest vernacular charm. You turn off this public route and proceed beneath a canopy of fir, alder and maple before turning again and descending towards a vast maritime panorama stretching out far beyond. You then notice the roof of the house extending as an angular, triangulated plane, a taut horizontal stratum extending from the surrounding terrain. It’s not immediately clear where nature ends and this new architecture begins.
Quadra Island lies in the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the coast of mainland British Columbia. It’s a bucolic slice of Canada at the interface of geology, vegetation and the ocean. It is...

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