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Designing the Modern House: Luxury Homes In The Forest - Part 1

Updated: Apr 17

The process of luxury home design begins before anything is drawn as my video "Your Architect Needs To Do These FOUR Things Before Drawing ANYTHING" explains, but to help explore your stylistic and atmospheric preferences, I prepare simulations. We can explore a variety of ideas without spending much time on particulars or committing to a design direction.


The intent of this exercise is not to create a specific design; the conceptual images are not based on - nor necessarily adapted to - any particular context. Some images may show some unresolved artifacts, but each is a "loose sketch" of a sort to generate a look and feel from which you can pick out things you love and those that don't resonate with you.


Organic, flowing lines wander around a regular pattern of vertical wood members, like a white snake winding its way up a tropical tree.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the jungle

Evoking a cut stem of a giant plant, this luxury cave faces one direction openly to the decorative garden but is sheltered from the surrounding wilderness.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the jungle

Set in a clearing like an ancient Asian lantern left behind at a campsite, this simple house features a pool over the covered outdoor dining and recreation area. Perhaps the pool has a glass bottom to allow the dancing sunlight through.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

A box-like house and its wading pool deep in the heart of the semi-tropical forest defy logic and context as though teleported from a very different location.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Another boxy home sprouts upward like a towering mushroom. Across the patio is a guest house also disguised from above.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

A giant alien astronaut appears to have left behind his helmet before wandering off to explore the forested mountains. Ironically, this form was inspired by Earthship houses.

conceptual rendering of a futuristic earthship house in the foothills of low mountains

If Eero Saarinen had design a home for the heart of the forests of the Pacific Northwest, perhaps this is what he would devise.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Speaking of Eero Saarinen, is this a bird or a plane about to take off from the top of the hill?

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest on a hillside

Here's a tuxedo house with an equally formal water feature but draped in wild, tropical vines.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

If you've seen green architecture in South Korea, this vine-clad glass box should look familiar.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Japanese styling meets Tudor sensibility on a path in the middle of the forests of Vancouver Island. Naturally, tea ensues at the al fresco dining area.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Swoops and a glass smile overlook a partially-sunken recreation wing and the dense wild garden.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Strong yet elegant - bold yet restrained. This is either an art gallery or a formal dining experience.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Big D - that's me! Does the reflecting pool mean I'm vain?

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

The tall glass reflects the lush verdure like a vertical reflecting pond likewise framed by sleek, straight lines.

conceptual rendering of a modern house in the forest

Are you inspired to build your own modern house in the forests of Vancouver Island or of the interior, (or anywhere else in British Columbia, really)? Perhaps you're considering a Passive House or Net Zero home to protect you from Canada's increasingly extreme weather. Maybe you demand a healthy, luxurious house. During my Pre-Design Diagnostic Session™, we determine your needs, priorities, and goals as the first step of my SAPPHR Strategy™.

Leverage the benefits of a modern house architect and book a free Diagnostic Session during which I can explain the first steps to take.

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