One block from the ocean, in a historic and sought after urban neighbourhood of Victoria, this side by side duplex was designed as an urban infill home by two lifelong friends as a unique contemporary home for their families. Effort was made to incorporate a bright and airy open floor plan, mirrored on both units, and use materials and interior features that exemplified coastal living and showcased its close proximity to Victoria’s waterfront. Dramatic oversized rooflines incorporating intricate basket weaved natural fir soffits tie into architectural screening and concrete and fir landscape details to create a truly unique two family home.
The design pays homage to the craftsmanship found in neighbouring heritage homes, but with a contemporary flair that reflects the taste of the young professional families moving to this highly sought after urban location. The contemporary duplex has stunning architectural details: a floating staircase, heated white oak floors, soaring 18’ ceilings, marble slab rain showers, and extensive architectural millwork throughout. The floorplan incorporates two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs oriented to take advantage of ocean and park views, a large office and open concept main floor. Through the living room, french doors open to a patio overlooking through a bright, south facing back yard. Luxurious, natural materials include white oak floors and built-ins as well as extensive use of full size marble slabs whose texture mimic the tones of the flora and marine environment outside to tie the home into it’s stunning natural environment.