arthur erickson : 1299 west 57th avenue

a nice write-up on the house by the realtor:

1299 west 57th was originally commissioned by arthur erickson for the hwang family in 1982.

“the hwang residence recognizes, for its inspiration, both the ancestry of the client and the native traditions of the soo chow houses of northern china. in soo chow, a pair of traditional houses were oriented in opposite directions from a common back wall, and were composed of a long series of simple rooms oriented towards courtyards or balconies on the second storey.” the living room floats above the reflecting pool with floor to ceiling windows. “

“the residence and its courtyards and gardens were comprehensively planned in the manner of these soo chow houses. each courtyard is different in character and relates to the activities or functions of the spaces it supports.”

each space on the main floor is dappled in the beautiful light reflecting in from the pond, the gardens, the courtyards, and the strategically placed view corridors to the gardens.

along a sky-lit hallway are four large bedrooms and 3 newly renovated luxurious bathrooms plus laundry complete the upper floor. the master suite has a magazine worthy decadent ensuite with stand-alone tub, walk in shower and modern touches that make it sparkle. off the master is a generous sized private deck filled with cherry blossom tree top views.

“tall stucco courtyard walls subdivide the site into a variety of distinct spatial experiences. access to the residence is across a bridge over a large reflecting pool…”.

downstairs features a large play space or guest space with an envious wine cellar and tasting area.

the outdoor space of this property places this gem of a home in a garden of wonder, mystery, and calm.

this house has been meticulously maintained and we have a complete folder with all of the records. st. george’s school – offers a front door pick up on hudson.

this home is a jewel on vancouver’s charm bracelet. arthur erickson was commissioned to create this property in 1982 on the 67’5 x 156’1 lot. each space on the man floor is dappled in the beautiful light reflecting in from the pond, the courtyards and strategically placed view corridors to the gardens. along a sky-lit hallway are 4 large bedrooms and 3 newly renovated luxurious bathrooms and laundry complete the upper floor. downstairs features a large play space/ guest space with an envious wine cellar and tasting area. a home to be seen. first public open sun march 4th 2-4pm

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.

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.
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.


west vancouver modern home tour 2014

the west vancouver museum’s ninth annual home tour took place on july 12th. five homes that exude the west coast modern aesthetic and lifestyle were featured on the tour, including one home under reconstruction with a new modern dwelling to be built on steep slope facing the ocean.

wv2014tourcheck out some of the photos from the tour:


book : arthur erickson – layered landscapes

arthur erickson : layered landscapes booka new book on the drawings of arthur erickson was released late last year (published october 2013), edited by linda fraser and michelangelo sabatino with foreword by kenneth frampton.

brief description of the book : a survey document produced in conjunction with the exhibition layered landscapes which examines selected drawings of arthur erickson from the canadian architectural archives collection, contains drawings from 14 projects.

official tuns press website for the book here.

arthur erickson layered landscapes book pages

check out the images of the exhibition at the nickle galleries at the university of calgary. here is link to the flickr page.

arthur erickson : baldwin house

anyone watching the pilot of intelligence last week on cbs would have noted the set used as dr. shenandoah cassidy’s house was in fact the baldwin house design by arthur erickson in 1963.

baldwin house - arthur erickson

check out some great interior photos at architecture wanted blog.



arthur erickson house and graden

after reading the biography on arthur erickson, some genuine curiosity ensued about the home life arthur had here in vancouver. some of you may know that his home and garden has been in the news recently due to speculation about the sale / demolition of the home.

a great read is at wallpaper magazine published in march 2013 by hadani ditmars.

an article titled ‘arthur erickson’s home faces the wrecking ball‘ ran in the globe and mail written by brent jang and dave mcginn.

link to the arthur erickson foundation.