OA House is a single-family residence for an artist and carver and his partner in Whitehorse, Yukon. The program describes a setting for a creative work environment and simple living space. Occupying a previously cleared and disturbed portion of a rural site, the house nestles into its northern edge, absorbing the low angle of winter sunlight while protected from winter wind exposure.
The building form follows the interior organization of active and calm spaced along a glazed east-west edge. Horizontally, the living program areas are connected but separate from the areas of rest and bathing through a neutral link/main entry.
The living area is organized vertically with a studio loft placed over the food preparation, dining and living spaces. A northern view of the adjacent boreal forest provides uniform daylight and an intimate space for carving.
The southern wall of glass lays bare a vista to the edge of the opening and changing light and colour of a northern environment. Looking back to the exposed south facade of the house, the screen of spruce sticks weaves and defines a new abstracted boreal forest edge.