Fallsview Residence is a modern house that sited above the intersection of Tew's Falls and Webster's falls on the Bruce Trail. The house makes a strong connection to a singular landscape.

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Architect: Setless Architecture
Location: Bruce Trail, Ontario, Canada
Photograhy: Sandy Rush

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

According to the architects: Our site contains a 250 foot stretch of privately owned path that connects the two heavily used city parks. The key vista into the bowl shaped Spencer Gorge occurs right in front of the main exterior courtyard. As such, the project that looks idyllic in a secluded setting gets activated on weekends by thousands of hikers and city dwellers that climb the 200 ft cliff to experience this expansive view.

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

The build had to comply with the most restricted land use in Ontario. The process began with a derelict house within both Municipal Hamilton Conservation Authority and Provincial Niagara Escarpment Commission protected zones. Our experience working in tight urban settings helped us work inside the regulations, eventually carving out a small building site on this expansive 1.5 acre lot.

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

The main public rooms in the house open to the front to take advantage of the view, and the rolling seasonal mist. The rear of the house is a landscape unto itself. The tall, slender, Carolinian Forest provides a high canopy for the bustling forest bed. The bedrooms and patios were designed to enjoy this concealed natural space. The house takes advantage of the leafy canopy to provide shade in the summer. In the winter, as the leaves fall, the high R-value glass lets the daylight flood in.

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

The light filled spaces are at odds with the owners' impressive art collection. Artifacts collected over long sojourns through the Zagros mountain range, India and Myanmar nestle next to modern Canadian art and bookend the exterior views.

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Looking back at the house from the Bruce, the program of residence blurs with gallery and public building. We are proud to provide this urban elevation to this important thoroughfare.

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

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Fallsview Residence by Setless Architecture

Fallsview Residence is a modern house that sited above the intersection of Tew's Falls and Webster's falls on the Bruce Trail

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