Bowhill Lane Residence
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Residential Design, Architecture
A tapestry of glass and stone, this spacious home, nestled in a park-like setting, is flawlessly elegant and thoroughly welcoming.
The design’s distinctive cross shape creates a spacious, multipurpose great hall at the core of the house marked by a grand staircase that leads to an intimate mezzanine. Four wings extend from the great hall and define four separate outdoor courtyards. Abundant natural ventilation and lighting, combined with several energy-saving technologies, make this home remarkably energy efficient.
With copper eavestroughs, locally sourced limestone, and custom metal and woodwork, this home has cottage warmth and space for a lively extended family.
A high level of environmental responsibility was realized through the following:
Building materials were selected to minimize glues and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Flooring was completed with reclaimed wood.
Electricity is supplied primarily by a 36-kilowatt solar voltaic array––the largest in Winnipeg at the time––and supplemented by Manitoba’s hydroelectric system.
In the place of natural gas, heating is provided by two air-source heat pumps, enhanced by a high-efficiency wood fireplace.
The building envelope exceeds the most stringent requirements for air tightness––0.57 ACH @ 50 pascals.
Landscape Architect, Cynthia Cohlmeyer
Structural Engineer, Crosier Kilgour & Partners
Contractor, Sakiyama Construction
Solar Design and Installation, Skyfire Solar
Commissioning Agent, Prairie House Performance
Manitoba Masonry Design Awards, Award of Excellence for Single Family Residential Design, 2018
Beautifully and Artfully Crafted