WAN – houses of the year 2014 finalists

WAN (World Architecture News) has announced their finalist long list for the 2014 houses of the year awards.

here is a link to all the entries.

sadly, no houses from vancouver (let alone from bc) made it to the list.

Here are a few interesting contenders  :

4 Springs Lane


4 springs lane, rappahannock county, virginia, united states

designed by : robert m. gurney, faia architect






uphill house


uphill house, london, united kingdom

designed by : robert dye architects






kauhale kai residence


kauhale kai, south kohala coast, united states

designed by : de reus architects








limantos, são paulo, brazil

designed by : fernanda marques arquitetos associados






house for yachtsman


house for a yachtsman, isle of wight, united kingdom

designed by : the manser practice architects + designers






goodie again : house 4249

4249a rockbank place - front of house

designed by : greg dowling / dgbk architects

built in : 2013 by ?

now on the market for the first time, clt-built house on west vancouver slopes.

check out my previous post here.

the house has been featured on minimalhome.com

if you were unable to tour the house at last year’s west vancouver home tour, watch this and drool :

dan white modern victoria : 530 salmon road

530 salmon - deckdesigned by : daniel evan white

built in : 1974

check out the listing at sothebys, and further images by realtors here. Below is a lengthy writeup on the house:

progressive for its day in 1974, when daniel white, renowned bc architect, conceived this 5500 square foot west coast contemporary residence on the western facing shores of the saanich Inlet. now, fully restored, and progressive once again, with the latest in technology; seamlessly united with its gentle sloping, forested site, complementing white’s dynamic, bold, yet environmentally empathetic design through a refined selection of natural materials, from both near and afar, executed to an unparalleled standard. this private, 2 acre, coastal sanctuary, hugs 400 feet of temperate rainforest waterfront, affording arresting ocean views through its fully glassed western exposure. the intricately stepped plan further captures magical vistas of the surrounding towering trees and moon lit nights through an interlocking series of arched skylights. Interior open planning furthers this intriguing visual experience, reinstating the site’s natural topography as well as its tactile richness through a matrix of locally milled cedar, and custom quarried rajasthani slate floors – both inside and out. the understated natural palette defers to the daylight views beyond, while at night, this selection, further enhanced with australian brush box flooring, black honed granite counters and cabinetry panels of resin embedded reeds, come into their own through a carefully designed system of programmable lighting. both broad expanses and precise vignettes of glass are secured through a system of top grade commercial windows and doors. state of the art seismic engineering secures the structure to its foundation. several exterior decks continue the stepped progression providing an entertaining bbq area; a pool with adjoining changing room and steam/shower; separate guest or caretaker quarters; as well as coastline decks that offer a variety of transitional daylight and shade opportunities to enjoy both white’s remarkable creation and one of victoria’s finest coastlines.

530 salmon - entry stairsthe entry sequence is a true dan white experience. approach the house at upper level and exterior stairs lead down to lower living levels.

530 salmon - upper floor planthe upper floor plan. note that the large set of stairs leads from roadway to upper floor and then down to pool level. rooms are open to each other and separate by changes in level with few steps within the plan.

530 salmon - lower floor planthe lower level plan features the pool and a small separate suite and loads of deck space.

530 salmon - living roomthe living room features the curved window/skylights to allow natural light and extend the window visually beyond the ceiling.

530 salmon - bedroomthe bedroom has a smart built-in that does not reach the ceiling. this creates a feeling of a room larger than it really is since the ceiling plane continues throughout.

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.