Winners of 2010 Prairie Design Awards

Award of Merit

Category: Recent Work

Bohemier Residence
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd. & 5468796 Architecture Inc.

Owner/Client: Bohemier Family

Structural Engineer: Hanusghak Consultants Inc.

Contractor: Sakiyama Construction

The Project

The Victoria Crescent site of this private residence encompasses two former river lots in one 100 foot by 400 foot heavily treed parcel on the Red River. The original house on the site was built circa 1920, but its form had long been lost under layers of modifications, additions and tacked on porches and decks.

The essence of the old house, not its physical presence, becomes the centre of the new residence. The original foundation is preserved as a sunken courtyard, turning the former spatial arrangement inside out-house to courtyard, yard to house, solid to void to solid – allowing the ghost of the old house to remain. The courtyard expands the visual space beyond the rooms and creates a nexus around which circulation spirals in three dimensions.

A bridge links the carport to the main entry across the sunken courtyard, taking one over and through the void, into the house. A hidden panoramic view of the river beyond is revealed upon entering the vaulted hall, further connecting the landscape with the interior.


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