west vancouver modern home tour 2016

another fantastic set of houses was featured at this year’s tour. all were modern yet with lots of history as they all had been renovated throughout their life.


HOUSE DESCRIPTIONS
The 1956 Switzer/Hermanville Residence was built by Henry A. Switzer, who would later gain local fame with his second pink-exterior house on Mathers Street at Taylor Way. Before building that four-wing cantilevered house in the Googie architectural style, Switzer designed a classic 1950s house with some unique features on Sentinel Hill. Original elements of the home include curving, wood-paneled walls, open living spaces and a gourmet kitchen boasting scenic mountain views.

 

The 1958 Dawson/Purdie Residence is by renowned architect Ron Thom, who designed the house to feature traditional wood framing, stud walls and a low pitched roof. Inside the house are distinctly angular forms arranged by a hexagonal grid. The main living area is set high above a rocky knoll to take advantage of stunning ocean views. Renovations by Russell Hollingsworth simplified the divisions of space and introduced a skylight that brightens and animates the interior. Barry Downs designed an entry garden, walls and gateway, making the approach to the house a pleasant experience.

 

Set into sloping bedrock, the three-level 1961 Ray Residence by Daniel White is a fine example of West Coast modern architecture influenced by a Japanese aesthetic. After fifty years, the house had badly deteriorated and needed a great deal of work. Jim Ferguson and Jan Pidhirny, whose previous renovations include Ron Thom’s 1957 Carmichael Residence, took up the challenge over a year ago and have completely transformed the house into a stunning contemporary West Coast modern home.

 

The 1966 Dick/Smith Residence, designed by Barry Downs while he was a partner at Hollingsworth and Downs, embodies sensitive West Coast modern design principles. The house is approached through a mature stand of Douglas firs and has terraced gardens covering the sloped site. Living spaces feel seamlessly connected to the lush landscape and views of nature are carried indoors through strip windows with mitered-glass projections. Cedar woodwork throughout the house adds warmth and texture.

 

One of fourteen waterfront units comprising seven duplexes designed by Russell Hollingsworth in 1988, our fifth home on the tour was recently renovated to showcase the best of West Coast modern style. Featuring expansive views of Burrard Inlet to the south and the mountains to the north, this three-storey home features wood framing, high ceilings and miles of windows to bring the outside in.

From its understated entrance through a leafy-green courtyard, to its elegant, open plan interiors featuring newly-installed custom cabinetry, fixtures, furnishings, and flooring inspired by the textures and colours of the beach nearby, the home’s renovations embody the architect’s original vision for the complex as a perfect confluence of building and site, materials and style.

the houses weren’t as photogenic as other years so I will leave it to the experts this time:

check out hadani ditmar’s wallpaper article here.

check out western living’s article on the dick/smith residence here.

check out western living’s article on the russell hollingsworth duplex here.

west vancouver museum’s facebook photo page has oodles of images from the tour here.

upcoming tour : west vancouver modern house tour 2016

11th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour

Saturday July 9, 2016

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it’s bound to be another great tour of modern homes in west vancouver.

check out the details at west vancouver museum webpage.

Option 1: Bus + Reception: $130. Code #1051272
Option 2: Own Car + Reception: $120. Code #1051273
Option 3: Own Car (No Reception):  $ 100. Code #1051274
Register online: westvancouverrec.ca

west vancouver modern home tour 2015

the 10th annual west coast modern home tour took place this weekend. the feature of this year’s tour was “inside outside living”. the weather did not cooperate but the houses were great to visit nonetheless.

HOUSE DESCRIPTIONS
The 1967 Staples Residence, designed by Bruno Freschi of Erickson Massey Architects, offers both linear and functional design on its steeply sloping site, enhanced by the expressive interplay of wood and glass. Recent renovations by Freschi with Nick Milkovich Architects added 80 square metres of space to the original footprint, along with upgraded interior finishes and landscaping.
The 2014 Hugo Eppich Studio, designed by Nick Milkovich Architects, echoes the forms of the main house, an architectural wonder in its own right (Arthur Erickson, 1988), as well as the surrounding landscape, which includes a majestic natural reflecting pond. The studio’s landscaped roof, dark-coloured glazed frames, and stainless steel cladding contrast the white steel structure of the main house, making it a beautiful addition and a peaceful spot for contemplation. The main floor of Erickson’s Eppich Residence is also open to visit.
The Savics Residence was designed and built by Russell Hollingsworth on the foundation of a home designed and built in the 1950s by his father, Fred Hollingsworth. Renovations took over four years to complete and substantially altered the original structure to accommodate an expansive art collection. A large double-height atrium space connects to outdoor terraces for special functions, and features a monumental totem pole and custom glass staircase designed by internationally renowned glass artist Joel Berman.
The 1953 Barnes Residence, designed by architect CBK Van Norman, is typical of his many ranch houses, as they were then termed, and underwent substantial renovation from 1974-1980 by Michael Barnes. This included the addition of a second floor loft space that has the feel of a tree house, with winter views to the sea.
The 1962 Creek Residence, sited on the forest edge, is a post-and-beam house perched over Cypress Creek, affording floor-to-ceiling views of this ever-changing force of nature. Significant landscape features include a pond, extensive plantings of iris and moss, and a Japanese-style stream that captures the natural spring emanating from the forest above, creating an altogether spectacular site.
BONUS FEATURE
The 1961 Ray Residence by Daniel Evan White is a tri-level, Japanese-inspired house built atop a rugged landscape of stepped and sloping bedrock, with exposed beams and thin soffits that give the impression that the top level of the house is floating above ground. The Ray House is significant for its sensitive and thoughtful integration with the natural environment, a hallmark of West Coast modern style. The house is currently under restoration by its new owners, Jan Pidhirny and Jim Ferguson, whose previous work includes restoration of the Carmichael Residence by Ron Thom.

 

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!

upcoming vag exhibition : the architecture of Herzog & de Meuron

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MATERIAL FUTURE:
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 :