upcoming tour : west vancouver modern home tour 2017

12th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour

Saturday July 8, 2017

The West Vancouver Museum’s 12th annual home tour takes place on July 8 from 12 to 4 p.m., followed by a reception at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club from 4 to 6 p.m. The five selected tour homes exhibit architectural features that define the best of West Coast Modernism.

The 1939 Thornton Residence
Situated near picturesque Caulfeild Cove, the Thornton Residence was one of the first modernist houses built in Western Canada. Working with Frank Gardiner, Peter Thornton, who was exposed to British modernism and the work of Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, designed a simple, unornamented International Style home for his family. With its flat roof, geometric lines, and functional layout, this now-classic two-storey, post-and-beam structure was once considered radical for its time.

The 1950 Neoteric Residence
Neoteric houses by Fred Hollingsworth were designed in the late 1940s and 50s to promote modern living on a variety of sites in newly developed North Shore residential neighbourhoods. This classic post-and-beam Neoteric house displays Hollingsworth’s key design features: an open plan layout under a flat roof with wide eaves, the strategic use of natural lighting, and a large centralized brick fireplace and clerestory windows, which punctuate the roofline.

The 1964 Madrona Residence
This post-and-beam home on a bluff overlooking Howe Sound was designed by the original owner, Philip Collings d’Auvergne, a provincial court judge. The current owner designed and completed extensive renovations in 2011 drawing from his experience working with Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos from Studio (n-1) Architects. Alterations included completely reconfiguring the space to open up the house, adding poured concrete floors and new horizontal cedar siding and windows, and incorporating innovative walnut cabinetry and a beautifully restrained palette of modern finishes.

The 1965 Beaton Residence
Surrounded by towering cedars and native foliage, the Beaton Residence sits high atop a steep cliff with views of the ocean below. Designed by Arthur Műdry and immaculately maintained over 50 years, the house Marion and Malcolm Beaton built for their family remains delightfully open and transparent. The interplay of wood, glass, structural lines and surrounding nature embody the ultimate expression of West Coast Modern architecture.

The 2016 Urban Farm
From Gleneagles to Ambleside, architect Robert Burgers and interior designer Marieke Burgers designed and built twelve houses in West Vancouver, each distinctive to its particular site. The Urban Farm, created in collaboration with their son, architect Cedric Burgers, is the last home they lived in before Robert’s passing in January 2017, and the culmination of the couple’s ideas for living, established over the course of their long careers.

TICKETING DETAILS
A limited number of tickets are available. To register, please choose one of the following three options and register online at westvancouverrec.ca or by phone at 604-925-7270.
Option 1: visit tour homes by bus and attend the reception (only a few tickets left)
# 31257 │$136.50
Option 2: visit tour homes by driving your own car and attend the reception
# 31260 │$126
Option 3: visit tour homes by driving your own car (reception is not included)
# 31261 │$105
The ticket price includes GST.

simple modernish : 1315 lakewood drive

designed by : brodie gunn of gallery homes

built by : gallery homes in 2015

short blurb on the house by the realtor:

a spectacular scandinavian inspired city home in a desirable traffic calmed neighbourhood. beautifully finished with the finest of quality and detail, this european built one year old residence features a fabulous open floor plan with 10ft ceilings opening to large sun drenched west facing patio in manicured private yard. three bedrooms on upper level make this a perfect family home. top floor offers a roof deck and views!! steps to lord nelson elementary which will be brand new in 2018. features include: a/c, radiant heat, custom millwork, alarm, security cameras, speakers & vaulted ceilings. don’t let the compact size deter you, this home has been expertly designed to feel and live twice its size.

kitchen and living room area is 2 steps down from front entry and dining room

flush floor in shower and minimal glass installation

open space at top of stairs acts as tv room

west vancouver mid-century : 6245 taylor drive

designed by : arthur mudry

built by : ? in 1965 [2017-listed for 10.8mil]

short write-up on the house by the realtor:

a magnificent 1 acre waterfront estate in gleneagles with over 200 ft of west facing, gently sloping oceanfront. this architecturally designed home by arthur mudry is situated on a tranquil and park-like property on a quiet street with towering cedars, natural gardens and winding trails to the water that invite swimming and kayaking. immaculately maintained, this elegant west coast home features 2,620 sq. ft. of living with a sensational great room with floor to ceiling windows and signature fireplace, a master bedroom suite upstairs, and an expansive deck to enjoy outdoor living with spectacular sunset views to whytecliff park and bowen island. this is a rare and untouched preserve of west coast waterfront…

this house is in good company with a dan white modern next door (cascading boxes)

custom in dunbar : 4056 west 38th avenue

designed by : peter cardew

built by : ? in 2009 [2017-listed for 8.3mil], landscape by considered design, glazing by summit glazing

a short description of  the house by the realtor:

the zinc house. the design of the house was created in responds to both characteristics of the site, and specific requirements of the clients. the main floor, the grand room, includes living and dining areas and is situated from the front to the back of the house, thereby filling the space with daylight. the west wall fireplace is illuminated by a hidden skylight, bringing evening sunlight into the grand room. connected to the grand room, but separated for privacy by a partial change in level, is the main entry with summer and winter closets, as well as the parents’ office overlooking the south facing garden. yet another connection to the outdoors and the grand room is the three storey wood paneled vertical space containing the staircase which is illuminated from above from the east window wall, located at the level of the relaxing rooftop patio and year-round hot tub. through these intriguing ways to capture daylight from all sides of the house, the atmosphere changes from early morning sunlight from the east, to the setting sun from the west. the grand room opens out on to the main garden and outdoor dining terrace with built in year-round barbecue. the garden is elevated above the adjacent lane ensuring total privacy for the garden. the lower garden provides a more intimate sitting area next to the vegetable garden, as well as access to the garage. also accessed from the lower garden are the more inward looking rooms including the multipurpose recreation room, the wood paneled media room, and he temperature controlled wine cellar. the master bedroom suite looks out onto a wide southern panorama through one single fourty foot long window the full width of the house. the exterior of the house is primarily clad with zinc, a traditional material used in european cathedrals for appearance, longevity, and minimal maintenance. the design of the house is made around the opportunities of modern urban living, including large social events, as well as the more relaxed tranquility for daily life.

this peter cardew designed home features a grand room that includes living and dining areas that run the length of the house with a built in west wall fireplace. the three storey vertical space contains a maple wall that leads to the relaxing rooftop patio and year-round hot tub. the grand room opens out on to the main garden and outdoor dining terrace with built in year-round barbecue. you can access the more inward looking rooms including the recreation room, the media room, and the temperature controlled wine cellar from the lower garden. the master bedroom looks out onto a southern panorama through a ribbon window the full width of the house. the exterior of the house is primarily clad with zinc primarily for appearance, longevity, and minimal maintenance.

dan white modern : 1919 west 57th avenue

designed by : daniel evan white

built by : ? in 1991 [2013-listed for 8.88mil, 2017-listed again for 17.8mil] huh? assessed at 8.4mil

a short write-up on the house by the realtors:

welcome to this “one of a kind” concrete mansion designed and built by renowned architect dan white, situated in prime south granville area. exquisite contemporary high-end designed and crafted with luxurious finishings all in this concrete-reinforce construction. this non-replaceable 4 level house features over 12,000 sqft of living space, with 25ft high ceiling grand opened entrance, elevator, 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 45′ x 23′ indoor swimming pool, grand gourmet kitchen with huge wok-kitchen, steam & sauna room, 1255 sqft. master suite on 4th level, 6 car underground parking, chipping putting and sand bunker golf area and more. if you are someone special you will appreciate something special.

lions bay : 90 isleview place

designed by: peter cardew

built by : ? in 1982 [2017-listed for 2.09mil]

here is a short blurb about the property by the realtor:

ocean, island & sky surround you in this stunning home designed by renowned architect peter cardew & featured in western living magazine as one of vancouver’s top 30 homes. enter to a wall of windows & soaring 20ft high centre skylight. generous living & dining room, galley kitchen with double wall ovens, sub zero fridge & double dishwasher drawers. the upper level floats above with a generous master bedroom featuring spa like soaker tub. lower level is ensuite bedroom & rec room, perfect for guests or teenagers. isleview place is one of lions bay’s most popular streets with close up ocean views, easy walk to beach, bus, local store & cafe.

read up on peter cardew from canadain architect here.