west vancouver modern : 1114 hillside


designed by : iredale group architecture with landscaping by bearmark design

built by : r.d. constr. surveys in 2014 [2015-listed for 10.88mil]

located on a site with stunning views over vancouver and mount baker beyond, this house is orientated and opened up to take maximum advantage of this exposure while providing a sense of privacy from the neighbouring sites. the strong roof form is designed to contain the three levels as it wraps itself around and down the east side, effectively grounding the horizontal plains of the three floor levels. passive solar shades have been incorporated on the exterior to control heat gain and glare while adding another level of texture that enhances the detail of the overall composition.

the main spaces have been kept fairly shallow to allow good light penetration into the building and an oversized skylight is located above the two-story main entrance flooding it with natural light right down to the lowest level. the main stair winds itself down this vaulted space with cascading globes of light dripping from the upper most ceiling down to the wine cellar in the basement. the palette is restrained with muted colours and materials, allowing the strength of the form language to come through.

check out the listing with more images here.

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.