Canadian studio Christopher Simmonds Architect has recently completed the Ottawa River House.The architects aim was to design a home with stunning views, and which enjoys both an intimate connection with the courtyard and a more expansive connection with the river. Views and light penetrate the spatial composition throughout its interlocking interior volumes. Flooring is a combination of white porcelain tile and dark stained, quarter-sawn oak. Cabinets in dark stained ash contrast similarly with the white quartz counter tops. According to the architects : “The linear composition of this house and site is interrupted by the volumes of light wells, stairs and courtyard. The resulting interpenetration of views, light and space along the south side of the home result in strong indoor / outdoor connections. Heated exposed concrete floors ensure comfort in the presence of large glazed areas. Cabinetry in matte white lacquer and stained ash veneer flow through the interconnected kitchen, living and dining spaces. Reclaimed white oak boards clad the exterior volumes.”

Photographs: Double Space Photography