Veil House Winnipeg, Manitoba residence

Veil House, Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba home design photos, Canadian bungalow architecture images

10 January 2024

Design: 5468796 Architecture

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba residence

Photos by James Brittain

Veil House, Canada

Veil House by 5468796 Architecture recently won an award in the “Completed Buildings – House & Villa” category at the World Architecture Festival 2023 in Singapore, selected from 18 shortlisted candidates from all corners of the globe.

Veil House Winnipeg Canada

The project was built to allow a family to age-in-place and enjoy a high degree of both airiness and privacy, balancing open outdoor spaces with articulated interior enclosures. Located in Winnipeg, where early 20th century suburban sprawl has shaped much of the city’s architectural identity, infill projects in mature neighbourhoods are important sites to challenge the status-quo.

Veil House Winnipeg Canada

Veil House is arranged on a loose nine-square grid organized around a central courtyard. The residence is configured as a series of free-flowing open living spaces, (living, family, dining, kitchen, circulation) framed by solid utility blocks, (washroom, laundry, fireplace, storage, appliances). This interplay eliminates the need for walls and doors.

Veil House Winnipeg Canada

The unique configuration allows all living spaces to be spatially defined, while also being visually and acoustically connected. Double height spaces, each with their own distinct character – sloped ceilings (kitchen + family room), infinite ceiling (dining room), double volume (living room), and open volume (courtyard) blur the grid in sections and create a private primary bedroom on the upper floor.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba

The house is situated at grade — rare for a city that receives large amounts of snowfall, and even more rare for houses with basements — and an interior ramp enables universal access across two floors. As it ascends from the main level, the ramp follows the north wall.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba residence

The otherwise difficult space below is used to bring natural light into the basement, while also providing emergency egress from the bedrooms. Firmly planting the main floor at grade results in a seamless extension of the interior spaces to the courtyard and surrounding yard.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba

The blocks and ramp are blanketed by a weathered steel “veil”. Propped up by the utility blocks, the veil follows the ramp, starting at ground level, spiralling up and peeling off of the wall to enclose the private patio on top of the garage, dappling light on the west and south sides of the house.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba

The veil continues, covering the entrances and ‘re-attaching’ back to the house to complete the spiral. Strategically perforated over windows and balconies, the veil creates a sense of wonder and curiosity from the street, while elegantly filtering daylight into the interiors and allowing exterior views without compromising privacy.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba

The veil delicately floats in space, tack-welded to the knife edge of cantilevered steel supports, gentling peeling away from the house to create interstitial spaces on both floors. The industrial aesthetic is rooted in the manufacturing economy of the city.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba residence

Weathering steel forms a velvet-like patina, a material warmth often reserved for wood, while also giving the house a restrained presence. Its longevity is assured by Winnipeg’s dry and often sunny climate. While the material is foreign to the neighbourhood, the geometry is familiar, reflecting the deep and tall hip roofs of its neo-Gothic and neo-Georgian neighbours.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba residence

Veil House functions as both architecture and sculpture, drawing connections between architecture and industry, structure and decoration, retreat, and expression.

Veil House Winnipeg Canada

Veil House Winnipeg Canada

Veil House in Winnipeg, Manitoba – Property Information

Architect: 5468796 Architecture – https://5468796.ca/

Project name: Veil House
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Client: withheld
Architects: 5468796 Architecture
Project team: partner-in-charge – Sasa Radulovic; project architect – Ken Borton
Interior Designer: XYZ Studio Inc., Linda Levit
Engineers: Structural – Laverge Draward & Associates: Civil & Surveyor – Barnes & Duncan Surveying Geomatics & Engineering: Geotechnical – Eng-Tech Consulting
Landscape Consultant: Butterfield Landscaping & Maintenance
Project Completion: August 2022
Budget: withheld

Photographer: James Brittain

About 5468796 Architecture
Established in 2007, 5468796 Architecture is a design studio located on Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Veil House Winnipeg Manitoba residence

Photography: James Brittain

Veil House in Winnipeg, Manitoba images / information received 100124 from v2com newswire

Location: Winnipeg, Canada, North America

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