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Point Robert's Lightbox Home Is a Nature Lover's Dream

Bold design and natural light give life to an unusual American community surrounded by Canada, just south of Vancouver, BC

Point Robert's Lightbox Home Is a Nature Lover's Dream

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Field Mag

photography by Nic Lehoux
Courtesy of your highly caffeinated and ever thankful editorial team at FM HQ

The 49th parallel creates the U.S. and Canada boarder. It’s a clean divide. Except for those who live in Point Roberts, Washington, a measly 4.8 square miles of land south of Vancouver, B.C. that jets into the Puget Sound just a hair below the dividing line. The “land exclave” is surrounded by water on three sides, with Canada to the north, and can only be reached by 25 miles of land travel through Canada (or by boat, duh). It’s home to just over 1,000 people, and one stunning glass box of a cabin.

Designed by celebrated design firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as a home and studio for a photographer and his family, Lightbox draws on the owner’s preference for simple design and unique details, and a need for natural light. A two-story glass “cage” defines the stunning home, creating an atrium-like atmosphere for the ground level living space and one heck of a view for the lofted second floor above it.

Narrow slit windows pepper the building’s less transparent sides—clad in local wood with a traditional Finnish pine tar coating—offering views of the surround old growth fir trees from every room.

As is no surprise, the inspiring design has won many awards since its completion in 2015, yet the greatest achievement may simply be its unique ability to be both contemporary and timeless, while drawing the looming forest in and projecting life out.

photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
BCJ-Lightbox-Cabin-3
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux
photography by Nic Lehoux

Published 08-28-2017

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