Located in Osoyoos, Canada, Elenko Residence is New Home was designed by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors.The building site is small and compact, facing eastward across the lake. Provincial legislation requires a 30-metre setback from the high water mark of the lake. The owner, a city planner, was able to convince the Ministry of Environment and Department of Fisheries and Oceans that a variance of 15 m to the setback was reasonable. With this approval, the building area was developed within a 9 x 15 m footprint. Spaces were stacked, creating a two-storey home with a roof garden for relaxing or entertaining.
The building provides the basic needs of shelter in a simple, compact, organised box. The building aesthetics are intended to be simple and functional solutions that respond to the semi-desert climate of the South Okanagan, the owner’s program and the waterfront context. The building form is reminiscent of the early modernists. The white stucco accentuates the colours of the site, the ribbon windows maximise views and the roof garden allows for play and entertaining. The building was also designed to incorporate passive sustainable strategies to control heat gain and to minimise energy consumption. The building form provides shading and the natural ventilation allows a breeze to form between the lower and upper windows.