This minimal suburban Vancouver home is defined by a visually weightless and sculptural staircase

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, overlooking the Burrard Inlet is a beautiful light-filled angled home called the Yield House. Designed by Splyce Design, the home is characterized by subtle glazed corners and a rather majestic sculptural staircase, which affords the aforementioned view of the inlet. Splyce Design built the house in 2021 and ensured that it occupied 5,700 square meters.

Designer: Splyce Design

The home is oriented east-west, with the front of the house completely covered by wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. These windows provide stunning views of the city, mountains, and ocean, while the rear of the home overlooks Douglas firs and western red cedars in the forest. The home is elevated, placed almost 17 feet above the pavement, giving you an interesting elevated view from the street. A concrete wall with a cantilevered staircase forms a way into the home. The topography of the site was definitely a challenge to tackle during the construction of the home, Nigel Parish, founder of Splyce Design, said: “How to bring people up from the road to the front door in a meaningful, experiential way sets the tone for what is to come in the house. The glazed front is characterized by a deep triangular cover with a thin structural shell, while “a continuous dark band of cement-based panels defines the silhouette of the east elevation.”

When you enter the home, you are welcomed by a central staircase that acts as the focal point of the home. It creates a harmonious separation between the house’s public and private spaces, while at the same time adding a sculptural and artistic element. Parish says that the stairs are visually weightless. It is quite open and beautifully bathed in light falling from the operable skylight and deck access located above. “A thin steel band supports the outer edge of the floating wooden steps, while discreet vertical cables serve as protection,” he continued.

The main part of the home includes the kitchen, dining room and living rooms, which are subtly connected to the outdoors via a slanted window wall highlighted with hidden window frames. Stark white walls and polished concrete floors give the home a rather minimal appeal, while the timber ceiling adds warmth to the room. A ready kitchen and mud room are hidden behind the main room, while the living room also has a home office. The top floor contains rooms such as a library and sitting area. It also houses the master bedroom, which is accompanied by a striking black bathroom.

“The porosity and openness of the project from east to west – front to back – is unique in that you can get two very distinct views and natural light conditions and experiences, simply in one place,” Parish concluded.

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