mayne island modern : staehling residence

designed by : battersby howat

built by : ? in 2005

description of the house by the realtor:

a spectacular waterfront home with walk-on access to gallagher bay beach, sited on 0.40 acres of southwest facing ocean vistas looking across navy & swanson channels. all of the primary living spaces – kitchen, dining, living, den/office, master suite & guest bathroom are accommodated on the 1,570 square ft main level and the secondary functions of 2 guest bedrooms, bathroom & storage located on the 509 square ft level below with attached garage & workshop. landscaped for utmost privacy and nature’s friends. designed by battersby howat architects, this high caliber home won the award of excellence from canadian architecture magazine.

new westminster modern : 314 archer street

designed by : battersby howat

built in : 2015 by ? [listed in 2017 for 2.49mil]

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a short blurb about the house from the realtor:

designed by award winning battershyhowat architects and featured in dwell magazine! 314 archer street is work of art. dramatic living spaces defined by sliding glass doors open to a veranda with a thriving garden and views of the city. detailed white ash millwork, polished concrete flooring, and a cinderblock fireplace wall are only some of the details that make this home special. vaulted ceilings over the large dining room make this home an entertainers dream. double attached garage. centrally located with easy access to transit, walk to the skytrain. this home must be considered by anyone who is captivated by architectural detail. the private roof deck offers excellent river and mountain views.

read more about the house on dwell magazine’s website.

a great detailed write-up on blurealty’s website as well.

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more photos here.

goodie : 4497 west 6th avenue

designed by : battersby howat

built by : ? in 2011

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write ups from the realtor :

stunning custom home & laneway designed by battersbyhowat, finished to the highest standard by the owners. main house boasts 2,523 sq. ft. & spectacular views from the large rooftop deck. the home is bathed in light, emphasizing the selection of warm, natural, and clean finishes throughout. main level features an open plan with large living & dining areas, a gourmet kitchen and high-end appliances. second level offers 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, including a beautifully finished ensuite and large walk-in closet. lower level is comprised of a family room, bedroom with ensuite and loads of storage. the laneway house, currently used as a studio would also make an ideal home office or guest quarters. too many extras to list. homes of this quality are rare. don?t miss this exceptional opportunity!

stunning point grey custom home and laneway house finished to the highest standards. located on a prime corner at 6th & sasamat, the main house boasts over 2,500 square feet of living space and spectacular views from the large rooftop deck. this home is bathed in light, emphasizing the selection of warm, natural, and clean finishes throughout. the main level features an open plan with large living and dining areas and a large gourmet kitchen offering lots of work space, tons of cabinetry, and high-end miele appliances. the second level offers 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a beautifully finished ensuite and large walk-in closet. the lower level is comprised of a family room, bedroom with ensuite and loads of storage. incredible views to the professionally landscaped garden from this level too! the laneway house, currently used as a studio would also make an ideal home office or guest quarters. exterior finishes include neolith porcelain tile, acrylic stucco and cor-ten® steel. air conditioning, hrv, hot water on demand, crestron automation are just some of the additional features. homes of this quality are rare. don’t miss this exceptional opportunity! lord byng catchment, close to top private schools and ubc. short walk to 10th avenue shops, parks, and beaches. call today for your private appointment.

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goodie : 1081 west 7th avenue

designed by : battersbyhowat

built by : trasolini chetner in 2009 [listed for [april2016] 16mil, then [june2016] 13.8mil, [august2016] 11.3mil] see article in province on ‘ego pricing’

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check out the dedicated website for this house: 1081west7.com

realtor says:

this is a rare offering of a concrete and steel city home designed by one of canada’s most noted architectural firms, battersby howat, whose design hallmarks are the interplay between natural materials, light and view. careful consideration was given to the design of the open concept living and master levels to maximize functionality and views. secondary bedrooms and a home gym are located below the main living level. the functional and flexible planing allows for multiple living arrangements with an entire level dedicated to a nanny or rental suite, or even a home office. abundant outdoor decks are located on every level. this home is enhanced by custom millwork, polished concrete flooring, high ceilings, and protected panoramic views of the city, mountains & false creek.

 

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living room features a northerly view of false creek and a wall of builtin cabinets with fireplace insert

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master bedroom takes the entire floor level with an open ensuite behind the bed

goodie : 2063 parkside lane, north vancouver

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designed by : battersby howat
built in : 2013 by ? [2014-listed for 2.69mil, 04/2015-relisted for 2.49mil]

a short blurb on the house by the realtor / re-listing realtor :

flawless semi-waterfront deep cove masterpiece designed by battersby howat architects. the open concept main floor boasts soaring vaulted ceilings with a wall of sliding doors opening up to a wonderfully private and tranquil patio. impeccable chef’s kitchen with miele appliances. spectacular upper floor master bedroom for complete privacy. 2 other large bedrooms as well as a legal, 1 bedroom suite. only the highest quality products and appliances were used in creating this warm, modern, hypoallergenic high efficiency home which even has a heated garage ready for an electric car charging station. perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the smell of fresh ocean air; and steps to trails, parks, boating, shopping and schools.

the most beautiful home in the cove? If you know battersby howatt designs, you know this house will be exquisite and built with incredible attention to detail. the layout is fantastic; the finishings amazing and the location and view provide the perfect setting for your deep cove lifestyle. built on a quiet lane bordering a creek and steps from the ocean, the home features an open floor plan; vaulted ceilings; beautiful wood; and tons of windows to bring the beauty of the ocean and forest into the home. walk to the cove shops, restaurants, schools and parks or plug in your electric car for the quick drive to downtown vancouver

check out the photo gallery here.

 

out of town goodie : revelstoke modern

revelstoke - housea great article in the globe and mail has been written by trevor boddy about a modern house designed by battersby howat in revelstoke :

A home to revel in

Maybe alpine air inspires architects to do their best.

Revelstoke – a railway and highway service centre quickly transforming into a mountain mega-resort – has an unusually high ratio of B.C.’s finest buildings. The West Kootenay town of 8,000 has two superior examples of architecture that I would put on my personal Top 10 list for B.C.’s Interior, which is two more listings than I would give Kelowna, 15-times its size.

My two faves are its 1912 neoclassical courthouse with a glittering metallic dome, plus the 1939 Revelstoke hybrid city hall-cum-fire hall, in my view the first fully modern-style public building in the province.

Now adding to Revelstoke’s architectural acclaim is one of the best single-family B.C. houses I have seen this year.

To be honest, shelter magazines and a regular column like mine are guilty of over-praising multimillion dollar trophy houses, even though few will be remembered when the money runs out. But, like Revelstoke’s authoritatively composed courthouse and crisply optimistic civic complex, the riverside retirement house for Dr. Geoff and Gwynne Battersby is modest in scale – two bedrooms and living spaces on 1,650 square feet, plus finished basement – but every tuck and flourish is there for a reason.

Good design moves here begin with the house’s siting on a small, west-facing lot on the geologically active banks of the surging Columbia River. The rectangular house has its long side facing the setting sun – so rectangular and modest in scale that a local joked, “Oh, you mean that fancy trailer?” when directing me to “Doc Battersby’s new place.” Indeed, across the river are trailers, and across the street are stuccoed former motel units with the same logical one-way slope away from the river. The simple reality is that shifting sandy soils and a sometimes-torrential river means snow shed off roofs needs to be deposited as far as possible from the Columbia’s changeable banks.

revelstoke - front yardThe trailer jibe may also have to do with the fact the Battersby house – co-designed by their Vancouver-based son David – is more metallic than woodsy, in sharp contrast to the loggy mock-Whistler houses newly arrived in town along with such other symptoms of resort mania as cedar-shake roofs – both less functional and more expensive than metal cappings. The David Battersby and Heather Howat design makes innovative use of a local vernacular building design element appropriate to this extreme snow zone town – standing seam metal roofs – then situates this material in an unexpected way.

revelstoke - entryThe Battersby house extends this Revelstoke metal roof vernacular, but more eye-catching is the use of the same zinc-coloured material on facade portions along both alley and river sides, making for no-maintenance, storm- and snow-resisting faces. Metal wraps the house, with angled bulges on the alley side balanced by that fearless vertical face on the river, with clear-stain red cedar boards warming more sheltered and high contact areas. Similarly, snow-resistant strains of Karl Forster tall grass and B.C. dogwood are set down in the house’s near-perfect rock garden. Gazing at it during our house tour, Gwynne noted “All those nice young people in the architectural office gave us the plants for the garden they designed – aren’t they lovely?”

revelstoke - fireplaceEqually lovely are the livable spaces and considered floor-plan her son and his Vancouver colleagues concocted. No grand flourishes here, the Battersby-Howat design intelligently puts a bedroom with a butt-jointed corner window at each end, with living-dining and a galley kitchen in the middle, all focus on the Danish Modern furniture and the stunning view of Mount Begbie out the window.

revelstoke - bedroomIt is almost as if David Battersby synthesized the architectural essences of the courthouse and city hall he knew so well – metal wrap from the former, clean modern lines from the latter – then applied them to his own design. “Revelstoke has a huge amount of snow shedding – last year it was 12 feet deep on the driveway,” explains David Battersby of the town where his family has resided since 1968. “We designed it so that snow could pile up in places on the alley and river sides, leaving the corner views and windows clear.”

revelstoke - detailThe questioning of distinctions between wall and roof has emerged as a major theme in leading-edge architecture this decade, but too often this means angled and curving sections worthy of the futuroid rooms in old Jetson’s cartoons, or more earthily, the Flintstones’ Cro-Magnon rock-warrens. Neither Space Age nor Stone Age, Battersby-Howat’s fluidity of angled alley wall into sloping roof into roofing used vertically on the river side is as smart as it is seductive.

revelstoke - side of houseA house for one’s parents is a psychologically-wrought task for many architects, and clan-linked commissions were the first to be actually built by such intellectually-inclined designers as Robert Venturi, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves and Laurinda Spears. David Battersby says of this, “I am a real sap, so doing a house for my parents was special – they really came to appreciate what Heather and I do.” This is not to say, however, that the design process was all sweetness and light. “I am my father’s son,” says David, “and there were times we butted heads, but my much mellower brother Rod did both the plumbing and the go-betweening.”

revelstoke - porchWell, Doll’s Mountain Sheep butt heads in a mating ritual each fall on the alpine slopes of Mount Mackenzie above Revelstoke. A billion dollar’s worth of development on and below the slopes of this mountain will soon double the town’s population and hurl it into the leagues of Whistler and Banff. Rather than flaccidly ape those two architecturally compromised towns, I hope developers look instead for inspiration closer to home, being brave enough to revel in, then stoke the architectural fires of Revelstoke.

the house has also been featured in the cedar book 2008.

 

whistler goodie : 2952 high point drive [updated]


design by : battersby howat
built in : 2011 by need brophy services ltd.
this house has been featured in western living here.
in azure magazine here.
load of images on archdaily here.
blurb from the realtor, maggi thornhill:

stunning contemporary ski-in/ski-out home located in the exclusive enclave of kadenwood, north america’s only private gondola accessible neighbourhood. this home seamlessly combines ample communal and intimate spaces, strategically defined to enhance the overall feeling of privacy. the house appears deceptively modest in relation to its neighbours. inside, the atmosphere is inspired by the warmth of a typical whistler ski chalet, but without following a chalet’s usual organization. instead, the floor plan is carefully constructed to capture views of the surrounding terrain and the distant mountains while avoiding sight lines of the neighbours. this home must be seen to truly be appreciated for all that it is!

one question, why would someone commission to build such a spectacular custom modern house and then try to sell it in a year or two?

newly relisted by malcolm hasman