When it came time to design the Sooke 01 House, Campos Studio set up a camp on the premises to take inspiration from the land and surrounding forests. Instead of building the house on the edge of the forest like most, they found a place at the highest point in the country on a rocky hill in a clearing in the middle of the trees. This place made room for the ocean and mountain views through breaks in the trees and made it the place to call home.
The Pacific northwest location of Sooke on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, with its Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and cedar trees inspired the angular nature of the house. The imitation of a tree rising from its trunk, a concrete pillar that looks like an actual tree is growing inside, becomes the place around which the structure of the house is built. The pillar and pipe from the wood-burning stove make the house feel nestled in the forest, as if they always belong there. The beam along the ceiling that supports the thin wooden slats indicates the sprawling treetops above.
The decor is contemporary and minimalist, there isn’t a lot of furniture, just a few items here and there, and they don’t obstruct the view. Each room offers a different view of the lush landscape, from trunks and treetops to coasts and oceans to mountains.