A ‘shack’ is defined as a roughly built hut or cabin, which is why it’s the wrong word to describe this Valdes Island property designed by the modest BattersbyHowett Architects. The ‘shack’ is situated on a serene hillside among the Douglas fir trees on the British Columbia Gulf Island overlooking the surrounding mountains and the Strait of Georgia.
While small in size, the Valdes Island Shack offers all the modern trimmings and facilities that one would expect from refined architecture. Conceived as a tilted box, black-stained cedar siding runs perpendicular to the roofline. Inside the walls are covered in saw-cut, white stained plywood with a long sofa on one side and a kitchen and fireplace on the other. The sleeping loft above is reached by a ladder built into the wall.
Rainwater collection and solar power fuel the modern amenities, including an outdoor shower and soaker tub, strategically perched on the edge of the hilltop to maximise access to the view.