awards : georgies 2014

another round of georgie finalists & winners has been announced. take a look at all the winners here. (thumbnails would go a long way on their website)

after sifting through all the contenders, i feel worn out, but here is my list of worthy mentions:

the nookian housewinner – best single family detached home up to 2,000 sq.ft. under $500,000
the nookian house – naikoon contracting
check out the listing (2211 larson crescent, north vancouver here & here and video here) coldstream residencefinalist – custom home valued under $750,000
the coldstream residence – keith dahlen construction ltd.d’arcy jones architecture inc. oak bayfinalist – custom home valued under $750,000
oak bay – frits de vries architect ltd.

fir tree glenfinalist – custom home valued between $750,000 – $1,500,000
fir tree glen – horizon pacific contracting & sunrooms inc.

deep cove contemporary finalist – best residential renovation $100,000 – $299,999
deep cove contemporary – vision built construction ltd.d’arcy jones architecture inc.

vancouver specialized finalist – best residential renovation over $800,000
vancouver specialized – vision built construction ltd.d’arcy jones architecture inc.
(no, this is not a typo… seems like there are only a few cats out there doing remarkable work …)

blaine housefinalist – best single family kitchen under $100,000
blaine house – kalu interiors

union street eco heritagefinalist – best innovative certified home – production or custom
union street eco heritage – natural balance home buildersshape architecture
also featured in canadian architect here.

well there you have it. after all, there were some shiny gems found.

upcoming vag exhibition : the architecture of Herzog & de Meuron

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The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to present an exhibition featuring the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. Internationally renowned for their innovative and elegant buildings and their significant contribution to the design of contemporary museums, Herzog & de Meuron’s attention to materials, surface, site and context has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. Material Future provides an opportunity to look closely at the design of some of their key buildings, produced during the past 15 years, including the Tate Modern and its new addition in London, the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Schaulager in Basel.

A portion of the exhibition will focus on the planning, design and building process for the new Vancouver Art Gallery building. In the 84th year since its inception, the Gallery has engaged in a measured program of growth and relocation in order to meet the needs of its community and the Gallery’s collection. Material Future charts that history and the trajectory of the Gallery’s future growth, and it is a fitting prelude to the unveiling of the conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery building in spring 2015. The architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron is internationally renowned for its contribution to contemporary architecture. Their attention to materials, surface, site and context has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. This exhibition will present a closer look at the firm’s design philosophy through a selection of their projects including museums and galleries around the world.

coming to the vag between march 27 – october 4.

not to be missed. link to the details of the exhibition here.

early edition on cbc with rick cluff : click here to listen to a short interview with H&deM’s christine binswanger & vag’s kathleen bartels.

check out the vancouver sun story here.

and of course, a 2 hour full length discussion :

the vancouver house, is coming

darn squirrels, they get into everything!
some of the plans are hilarious, especially at the lower floors where you are surrounded by columns in the most peculiar of places:
nothing says welcome home like walking straight into a column.

where do you put furniture in this place?



those are some behemoth columns, right in the bedroom. some places there is no room to get around the bed!
don’t get me wrong, once you get past some of these plans, there are some very nice layouts further up on the building, though it still surprises me that all these units are sold, only $1000/sq.ft. <sarcasm>

DRKdesign awarded houzz badge

awarded on January 30, 2014

DRKdesign is awarded best of Houzz 2014 for client satisfaction.
this award is in recognition of the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

thank you to all who have continued their support and we look forward to many years of providing clients with unparallelled service and ingenious designs.

DRKdesign’s Houzz profile page

tsawwassen modern : 536 centennial parkway

536 centennial - house from back yardhouse is also known as the ‘matthison I residence’ (see play house exhibition catalogue from museum of vancouver)
designed by : daniel evan white

built in : 1974

a wonderful custom home designed by dan white, implementing geometric patterns in floor plan.

536 centennial - floor plan

short blurb about the house from the realtor:

beachfront magic! 70’ of panoramic waterfront on centennial beach in sunny tsawwassen. views of mount baker and mount rainier. beautiful fenced private gardens lead to beachfront bungalow designed by renowned west coast modernist dan white. amazing kitchen renovation designed by the home’s original architect. the best beach lot (12,852 feet) on centennial beach. the area boasts sunshine, warm and shallow water, walking trails, tall grasses and seemingly endless beach.

536 centennial - view

take a look at the image tour here.


victoria modern : metchosin house

designed by : marko simcic

built in : 2006 by bill hustler construction ltd.

metchosin house - reflecting pool

write-up from the realtors :

a contemporary and architecturally award winning design by marko simcic this home blends with over 1400 feet of rugged coastline spanning across 68 acres just outside of victoria, british columbia. exclusive luxury, this is truly one of the finest waterfront estates on the west coast. canyon river runs through the home and masterfully controls the temperature via hydrothermal radiant energy giving the home environmental consciousness through this impressively progressive technology. a radical and forward approach, the home’s mechanical and electrical systems can be accessed from anywhere on the globe via the Internet. this modern 6 bedroom home gracefully coexists with the surrounding natural west coast landscape and maintains an intimate and easily communicable presence on the interior despite the infinite size of the space. 10,700 square feet is wonderfully fluid and provides ease of daily functionality, while housing every luxury, with formal entertaining space, and separate guest accommodations. vaulted ceiling, skylights, intricate bridges, terraces, decks and an impressively sized car port all add to this home’s grandiose allure. tennis courts, hot tub, and pool add to this active retreat; an enclosed boathouse within the home allows you to roll out of bed and into the ocean! this award winning quiet and private waterfront metchosin home is the epitome of excellence; having achieved the canadian architect award in 2003 and a lieutenant-governor’s award in 2008. while seemingly a hidden sanctuary, the home is only 30 minutes outside of the capital city; allowing you to stay connected to amenities, shops, and air travel or enjoy the quiet seclusion.

read about the winner of merit award at canadian architect magazine here.

read about the ribbon cutting at canadian architect magazine here.

some more images at contemporist here.

metchosin house - internal walls

metchosin house - front of house

metchosin house - living room

metchosin house - bedroom

metchosin house - covered deck