Elenko Residence


A (lakeside) home for the modern world.

Located on the shores of Osoyoos Lake in B.C., this single-family residence was designed to suit the owner’s recreational lifestyle amid the natural setting of the Okanagan region.

The building form is reminiscent of the early modernists. The building aesthetic is intended to be a simple and functional solution that responds to the semi-desert climate, the project’s budget and the waterfront context. The house, designed by HDR | CEI’s Nick Bevanda, is set on a narrow lot limited by setbacks to a 30’ by 50’ area. The building incorporates minimal openings on the west side and is mostly transparent on the east, taking full advantage of the light bouncing off the lake. A flat roof provides opportunities to sit outside on an upper deck, which opens off a recreation room, with a full view of the water.

Due to the constraints of the site, spaces were stacked on one another to create a two-storey home, with a roof garden for relaxing or entertaining. Living spaces such as the living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the main floor, offering easy access to the lake. The living spaces benefit from the east exposure, which allows the morning sun to penetrate the spaces. A reflection of light, and of the region.

Project Cost



3,042 sq ft


May 2010

Sustainable Features

  • Building form provides shading and natural ventilation
  • Ground source heat pump and radiant floors
  • On-site storm water management
  • Use of regional materials and certified wood
  • Low E2 glazing and low-emitting materials


Gold Winner, Best in Single Family Home, 2011

Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan TOMMIE Awards

Honourable Mention, Architectural-Residential Award, 2010

Design Exchange


“…those mesmerizing views of the lake, and the layered landscape of desert, vineyards and mountains that this house so celebrates, would be enough to draw any resident back home.”

Hadani Ditmars

Globe and Mail


The Elenko Family


Osoyoos, BC