BlackCliff House, on a granite cliff rising more than 40 metres above the Salish Sea on Canada's west coast, is a villa that combines a distinctly contemporary style with the strength of its connection to the nature that surrounds it.
The villa, developed on two levels, spans a total of about 900 sqm: the design, by Vancouver-based firm McLeod Bovell, is characterised by its particular geometry which, at the intersection of the staggered levels, creates a sort of void at the centre of the home.
The upper floor is conceived to host the intimacy of a small family in the central area, while the outer wings can accommodate larger families. These two areas of the building are separate, but connected externally by a shared terrace. Additional spaces include a painting room overlooking a pond, a bamboo garden, an office and a tea room.
The protagonist of the living area in the central zone on the ground floor is the Lawrence seating system designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti, characterised by its generous volumes and rigorous development along horizontal lines. The versatility of Lawrence has made it possible to alternate seats of classic proportions with large chaise longues and Lawrence "Clan" corner modules, characterised by a monoblock seat with elegant stitching. But that's not all. The visual alternation is also expressed by the combination of materials, leather and fabric, with contrasting colours. The seats, facing the large floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the sea, are enriched by comfortable complementary pieces, also by Rodolfo Dordoni: the Gray coffee table features alongside the composition, while in the centre the Anish and Song coffee tables stand out on Dibbets Rim rugs, with their surprising three-dimensional effect.
The staggered geometric bodies, alternating exposed concrete and large windows, make BlackCliff House a contemporary home that blends seamlessly into the landscape.