Living Building Workshop

Delivering unique solutions for custom residences, pavilions and small structures, conceptual renderings and art.



Uniquely tailored solutions for residences, pavilions, and other small spaces.


Custom artworks for the unbareably bare walls.


Renderings for proposed residences, buildings and developments.

Recent Work


Facet Deer
36" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas


12" x 12"
Acrylic on Wood Panel


12" x 12"
Acrylic on Wood Panel


36" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas


36" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas


Located in the semi-arid steeps near Osoyoos, the Desert Residence was designed for a couple who enjoy entertaining. 


Connections 01
36" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas


Requested by my two little boys to build a playhouse, I knew I had a fun project ahead of me. It needed to be small enough for our little yard, yet something that would be large enough for the two of them. It would also need to be almost bomb proof, as any less would be destroyed by the little monkeys. I ended up taking a simple box shape that was essentially dictated by the size of plywood, as it needed to be be relatively low cost and I have a basic distaste of waste. Using varied window openings and a small sloped parapet for the roof top platform to give the house shape and interest, we arrived at a design everyone was happy with. 


Textile Derivation 01
36" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas


Wordsmith is a backlit wine rack that allows one to create varied designs, or to spell out 4 or 5 letter words through positive or negative space on the rack. The rack itself is made up of 5 doubled up sheets of anodized aluminum that is held off the wall. The colours of the sheets can be consistent, or varied throughout the rack. 


Across the Nova Scotian landscape in Canada are vast fields of marsh lands and preserved landscapes. Since there are so many of these covering the province the local people have had to build elevated wooden trails that connect people from one side to the other while allowing people to experience these landscapes. These wooden trails which have become a defining aesthetic in themselves across the Nova Scotian landscape was the inspiration for the for this design. We took a straight wooden plank trail and folded it, creating usable space both on and within the folded trail. It now belongs to the landscape and is connected both visually and physically to the local vernacular of the common wooden trails of the area. The folded construction is a stable structural method following the principles of folded plate principles. Beyond the pathway, the structure consists of a small 3 person sauna room heated by wood stove with windows that draw ones views out to the open ocean. A cold water dunk tank was placed in the raised portion of the covered area, and a roof top deck is angled south west for maximum afternoon solar exposure. 

Team: Jay Meyer, Matthew Rosenberg, Shane Andrews, Nick Fudge, Blain Lepp, Alexandra Gudreau, Devon McConnell-Gordon, Anke Wollbrink
Location: ART'Insula - Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Completed: July 2005 | Published in the 2006 Studio East


36" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas


Sea(O2) Scraper
The worlds oceans are rising. Thermal expansion combined with melting ice sheets and ice caps have begun to increase the rates of rise as well. It is currently projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that within the 21st century we can expect ocean levels rising a minimum of 18 to 59 cm, while other less reserved groups estimate between 80 and 200cm, and a potential 6 meters over several centuries. There will be catastrophic effects; a 1 meter increase in sea levels will cover an approximate 2,223,000 km2 of land, and displace 145,000,000 people, causing devastating food shortages and massive economic losses.

Even if the greenhouse gases were brought under control today, and decreased to an acceptable level that Earths systems could dispose, the thermal expansion of the oceans will continue for the next millennia. As a global community we need to explore new methods of mitigating the damages and adapting to the emerging new world geography.

The Sea(O2) Scraper is an attempt at mitigating the major issues that we will face from the rising sea levels and adapting to the new geography. It will provide homes for the displaced populations, create vertical farming systems to respond to the losses in farm land, and have facilities to capture and store Carbon Dioxide.

The Sea(O2) Scraper is a complete living system, with energy production from Tidal, Solar, and Wind.


The first natural rammed earth project to be undertaken in Nova Scotia, we designed the structure as an ephemeral instance, understanding that over time it would naturally deteriorate from the harsh atlantic elements back to the earth. Designed as a garden pavilion to house bicycles and garden tools, the form has two flowing curves that bend toward each other,  with a rounded roof built from the formwork that was used for ramming the earth, thereby embedding the memory of the construction process into the completed structure. A custom made steel angle and saddle bridges the two walls and was left untreated so that it will weather with the structure, the hanging door made from an old industrial conveyor belt cut by water jet using a custom floral pattern.

Team: Jay Meyer, Jeremiah Deutcher, David Bourque, Adam Reid, Jenn Reid, Patrick Jardine, Peter Sassenroth
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Completed: July 2007


Located in the mountains near Fernie, BC, the Ridge Cabin was designed as a mountain retreat for a professional couple with small children. 

The road can be long, but the trip can be beautiful, and the destination worth every mile.

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2571 Heron Street, Oak Bay, BC