Shim-Sutcliffe Ravine House Wins Canadian Award
The Ravine House by Toronto-based Shim-Sutcliffe Architects has just won the 2010 Governor Generalâ€™s Medals in Architecture award.
The jury’s verdict?Â “The Ravine Guest House is an extremely sophisticated volume blending interior and exterior space.Â The use of a reduced material palette is enhanced by the clarity of the structural solution making the clerestory seem to float above the seemingly continuous space.”
The house has a tranquil presence, partly due to the use of such simple clean materials and the dignity of the transition between inside and outside.
Set in a ravine within a lush Canadian landscape, the house exudes calm and peace. A meditative, almost hypnotic quality is created.
“The materials fit a tense and precise architectonic story that has a great clarity, proving that simplicity is the fruit of a patient and sensitive search for the truth.Â In a way, itâ€™s the perfect example of a manifesto for architectural beauty.”