goodie again : 1460 chartwell drive, west vancouver

1460 chartwell drive - drivewaydesigned by : james cheng

built by : ? in 2002

back on the market again, but worth another post (see previous 2011 post)

realtor listing here and write-up by the realtor on the house :

absolutely stunning contemporary home designed by james cheng & associates. this incredible gated residence, with spectacular view, features, on the main floor, formal living & dining rooms, separate poggenpohl kitchen with the very best appliances, pantry/plumbed wok kitchen & family room, spectacular insulated media room, huge master bedroom with private sitting room & stunning en-suite all overlooking the incredible view.

the upper floor features 3 en-suited bedrooms (each with stunning view & 2 with spacious decks). the lower floor features large rec-room, plus 2 generous bedrooms (1 en-suited). 

additional features include exquisite courtyard in centre of the home with stunning japanese maple, folding nanawall doors, limestone flooring, interior stairways & exterior tiling, incredible millwork & wooden windows, extraordinary cherry closets & cabinetry throughout, metal roof, and much more. rarely does a home with this quality and design come to market…

upcoming : vancouver modern home tour 2014

vancouver_modern_home_tour20147 newly built homes will be featured on this tour September 20th :

135 east 17th avenue by lwpac built by vanglo (see my previous post on this house)

1114 hillside road, west vancouver by iredale group built by r.d. constr. surveys (?)

1316 arbutus street by sheridan macrae built by horrock’s construction

5768 primrose place, west vancouver by ah-design (photos of house before reno)

3140 west 23rd avenue by frits de vries architect built by natural balance home builders

5012 marguerite street by david thom / ibi group built by stirling millwork

2049 gordon avenue, west vancouver by frits de vries architect built by brent pascall / brent developments

article in vancouver sun here.

press release here.

book review : sensational vancouver

sensational vancouver - cover

check out more about the book at eve lazarus’s website.

nice interview with eve at spacing vancouver and a q&a at the peak.

let me focus my review on the chapter that is most dear to my heart, west coast modernism:

sensation vancouver - chapter 11eve goes into a good detail on a few key players of west coast modern design from the 30’s to today. i really did enjoy reading about fred hollingsworth and ron thom and how they “dubbed their early houses ‘midnight specials’ because they designed then for $100 each, late at night while moonlighting from their day jobs”. sounds familiar (as i am still moonlighting on a regular basis).

a few of the other founders of the west coast modern movement chronicled in the book are frederick horsman varley, lawren stewat harris, b.c. binning, charles edward (& ned) pratt, paul merrick and barry downs. selwyn pullan was key to the success of many of these designers by bringing their vision to life through his photography. the chapter closes off with none other than arthur erickson.

go and get your copy at chapters or amazon or even better yet though the publisher anvil press.

dan white modern boathouse : 4 – 3459 west river road, ladner

for the first time on the market (i believe) this wonderful modern boat house with sauna orb designed by dan white is sure to please.

short video by goodweather collective, 2011 :

short blurb on the house by the realtor:

renowned vancouver architect daniel evan white designed 2700 float home. home clothed inside and out in western cedar, using the best materials that money can’t buy. this iconic home with its famous cedar orb and “suspended in air” circular staircase is situated in the five star float home community of canoe pass village, minutes from the quaint village of ladner, just 30 minutes to downtown vancouver. home features a 3rd floor master suite with sauna/shower “orb” and a very private upper deck that provides vistas of the every changing fraser river. a low maintenance design with sparkling refinished italian terrazzo tile. updated kitchen appliances and granite counters. 42 foot boat slip included. a must see!

image gallery here.

quadra island : the tula house

tula house - outsidedesigned by : patkau architects

built in : 2012 by j toelle construction ltd.

tula house - living roomFrom the architect. Perched 44 feet above the Pacific Ocean on a remote island, the Tula House reflects the casual irregularity of the sites rock ledges, beach, and forest in both its geometric and spatial order.

The topography of the site is highly irregular; the prospects diverse. Views to the east stretch over the open water and islands of the Strait of Georgia to the mountain ranges on the mainland of British Columbia. Views to the south overlook a small tidal basin. Moss covered basalt hills are interspersed among treed expanses and richly vegetated crevices, valleys and swales. Stands of red alder and big-leafed maple enliven the predominantly dark Douglas fir forest. The shoreline below the house is littered with the flotsam and jetsam of the ocean where logs and rocks have been tossed around by the tides and storms like a child’s game of “pickup sticks”. One site is actually many sites.

The house cultivates a sense of dwelling with, and within, such diversity. Low rock walls edge a gravel approach to the house. A loose arrangement of concrete walls, clad in staggered fibre-cement panels, begins to describe space. These panels are black in color. From a distance, the house visually recedes into the dark forest. The roof, planted in moss and native ground covers, appears from above to be continuous with the surrounding ground plane.

Groundwater flows continuously through the site where it is captured momentarily within an entry courtyard. The ground plane of the courtyard and interior floor of the house are large shard-like concrete plates. Within the house, spaces are defined by a series of slowly unfolding concrete walls that channel the flow of space through to ocean views. This primary flow is diverted in passage by eddies of secondary space which branch off, separating and focusing moments of diversity in the site: the small tidal basin off the kitchen nook, a ledge of moss covered rock in the bedrooms, a view back from the court to a swath of deciduous trees.

A steel-framed roof mirrors the order of concrete walls and floor plates. Narrow skylights project lines of light at oblique angles through space. At the cliff-edge, the solidity of concrete floors is left behind. A steel-framed, wooden deck is cantilevered into the air. While an uninterrupted expanse of glass takes in distant, sublime views of the Straight, glazed apertures in the floor of the living room deck open vertiginously to the textures and sensual immediacy of beach and ocean below. Millwork elements float freely within the spaces like the flotsam and jetsam on the beach.

tula house - kitchencheck out the images at archdaily here.

check out an article at dezeen here.

a great lecture by patricia patkau, she goes into the design and construction of the tula house (five site house) in detail :

link to an article in bloomberg.

link to an article in the plan magazine.

out of town goodie : revelstoke modern

revelstoke - housea great article in the globe and mail has been written by trevor boddy about a modern house designed by battersby howat in revelstoke :

A home to revel in

Maybe alpine air inspires architects to do their best.

Revelstoke – a railway and highway service centre quickly transforming into a mountain mega-resort – has an unusually high ratio of B.C.’s finest buildings. The West Kootenay town of 8,000 has two superior examples of architecture that I would put on my personal Top 10 list for B.C.’s Interior, which is two more listings than I would give Kelowna, 15-times its size.

My two faves are its 1912 neoclassical courthouse with a glittering metallic dome, plus the 1939 Revelstoke hybrid city hall-cum-fire hall, in my view the first fully modern-style public building in the province.

Now adding to Revelstoke’s architectural acclaim is one of the best single-family B.C. houses I have seen this year.

To be honest, shelter magazines and a regular column like mine are guilty of over-praising multimillion dollar trophy houses, even though few will be remembered when the money runs out. But, like Revelstoke’s authoritatively composed courthouse and crisply optimistic civic complex, the riverside retirement house for Dr. Geoff and Gwynne Battersby is modest in scale – two bedrooms and living spaces on 1,650 square feet, plus finished basement – but every tuck and flourish is there for a reason.

Good design moves here begin with the house’s siting on a small, west-facing lot on the geologically active banks of the surging Columbia River. The rectangular house has its long side facing the setting sun – so rectangular and modest in scale that a local joked, “Oh, you mean that fancy trailer?” when directing me to “Doc Battersby’s new place.” Indeed, across the river are trailers, and across the street are stuccoed former motel units with the same logical one-way slope away from the river. The simple reality is that shifting sandy soils and a sometimes-torrential river means snow shed off roofs needs to be deposited as far as possible from the Columbia’s changeable banks.

revelstoke - front yardThe trailer jibe may also have to do with the fact the Battersby house – co-designed by their Vancouver-based son David – is more metallic than woodsy, in sharp contrast to the loggy mock-Whistler houses newly arrived in town along with such other symptoms of resort mania as cedar-shake roofs – both less functional and more expensive than metal cappings. The David Battersby and Heather Howat design makes innovative use of a local vernacular building design element appropriate to this extreme snow zone town – standing seam metal roofs – then situates this material in an unexpected way.

revelstoke - entryThe Battersby house extends this Revelstoke metal roof vernacular, but more eye-catching is the use of the same zinc-coloured material on facade portions along both alley and river sides, making for no-maintenance, storm- and snow-resisting faces. Metal wraps the house, with angled bulges on the alley side balanced by that fearless vertical face on the river, with clear-stain red cedar boards warming more sheltered and high contact areas. Similarly, snow-resistant strains of Karl Forster tall grass and B.C. dogwood are set down in the house’s near-perfect rock garden. Gazing at it during our house tour, Gwynne noted “All those nice young people in the architectural office gave us the plants for the garden they designed – aren’t they lovely?”

revelstoke - fireplaceEqually lovely are the livable spaces and considered floor-plan her son and his Vancouver colleagues concocted. No grand flourishes here, the Battersby-Howat design intelligently puts a bedroom with a butt-jointed corner window at each end, with living-dining and a galley kitchen in the middle, all focus on the Danish Modern furniture and the stunning view of Mount Begbie out the window.

revelstoke - bedroomIt is almost as if David Battersby synthesized the architectural essences of the courthouse and city hall he knew so well – metal wrap from the former, clean modern lines from the latter – then applied them to his own design. “Revelstoke has a huge amount of snow shedding – last year it was 12 feet deep on the driveway,” explains David Battersby of the town where his family has resided since 1968. “We designed it so that snow could pile up in places on the alley and river sides, leaving the corner views and windows clear.”

revelstoke - detailThe questioning of distinctions between wall and roof has emerged as a major theme in leading-edge architecture this decade, but too often this means angled and curving sections worthy of the futuroid rooms in old Jetson’s cartoons, or more earthily, the Flintstones’ Cro-Magnon rock-warrens. Neither Space Age nor Stone Age, Battersby-Howat’s fluidity of angled alley wall into sloping roof into roofing used vertically on the river side is as smart as it is seductive.

revelstoke - side of houseA house for one’s parents is a psychologically-wrought task for many architects, and clan-linked commissions were the first to be actually built by such intellectually-inclined designers as Robert Venturi, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves and Laurinda Spears. David Battersby says of this, “I am a real sap, so doing a house for my parents was special – they really came to appreciate what Heather and I do.” This is not to say, however, that the design process was all sweetness and light. “I am my father’s son,” says David, “and there were times we butted heads, but my much mellower brother Rod did both the plumbing and the go-betweening.”

revelstoke - porchWell, Doll’s Mountain Sheep butt heads in a mating ritual each fall on the alpine slopes of Mount Mackenzie above Revelstoke. A billion dollar’s worth of development on and below the slopes of this mountain will soon double the town’s population and hurl it into the leagues of Whistler and Banff. Rather than flaccidly ape those two architecturally compromised towns, I hope developers look instead for inspiration closer to home, being brave enough to revel in, then stoke the architectural fires of Revelstoke.

the house has also been featured in the cedar book 2008.


pender island modern : 9809 spalding road

designed by : marko simcic / brian broster

built in : 2009

a short blurb on the house from the real estate listing:

ridge house: one of the most important houses on the southern gulf islands, this sensational marko simcic / brian broster designed getaway thrills with visual, spatial and emotional impact. vast uplifting views set the tone for architectural performance and this dynamic modern residence clearly and confidently steps up to the cutting edge. set on a sun soaked ridge, the house speaks a language of shape & texture; form & function with an energizing spirit and seductive form that just may change the way you live. environmentally mindful design provides aesthetic and thermal balance through careful application of methods and materials. Interiors convey an unwavering contemporary design idiom while epic views are pure and indulgent…

perched on the crest of a bluff with dramatic 180 degree panoramic views across the pacific ocean, this stunning contemporary offers a dynamic living environment both indoors and out. In 2009, architects marko simcic and brian broster utilized this rare site to create a structure that maximizes the birds-eye views. nearly every room in the house gazes upon the pacific’s marine activity and wildlife, including orcas and seabirds. sun infuses this modern sanctuary and creates beautiful shafts of light that bounces off brilliant white walls and dances across brazilian black slate floors. the gallery-like entertaining areas with floor to ceiling glass walls open to north and south courtyards. the north featuring a large water pool with floating patio; the south offering an expansive covered patio with outdoor kitchen, which in turn, opens to a stunning backdrop of sea and mountains. the private wings at opposite ends of the house comprises a deluxe master suite with dressing area at one end and guest bedrooms with deluxe bath servicing the entire upper level of the home. this dramatic setting and visually stunning residence truly embodies all that the pacific northwest has to offer with a mediterranean microclimate and enchanted forest walking trails at your door! pender island is considered to be the jewel of the pacific northwest and offers some of the best boating waters and spectacular natural scenery in all of british columbia.

check out the brochure here and the floor plan here.

sotheby’s pacific listing with 36 more images here, and realtor’s listing here.

9809 spalding road : view of house

the house from below.

9808 spalding road - living roomthe living space is all open with expansive glazing on both sides.

9809 spalding road - deckthe large undulating roof overhang provides excellent post-free weather protection for the patio area.