upcoming tour : west vancouver modern home tour 2015

west vancouver modern home tour 2015

west vancouver museum is hosting their annual tour of west coast modern houses.

the tour takes place july 11th 2015 and will feature five spectacular mid-century and contemporary west coast modern style homes perched on the rocky slopes of west vancouver!

go to : west vancouver museum to read more about this year’s tour.

jump straight to webreg to get your tickets! (as of this writing there were only 63 left for the tour bus+reception option)

this is a tour not to be missed!

southlands residence : 3333 sw marine drive

3333 sw marine drive

designed by : DIALOG

built in : 1966 with major renovation done in 2011 < check out the original house listing here >

there are oodles of images and a long description of the house at its’ dedicated website : 3333swmarinedrive.com

house was a finalist for the wan awards 2012.

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>