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.

victoria modern : metchosin house

designed by : marko simcic

built in : 2006 by bill hustler construction ltd.

metchosin house - reflecting pool

write-up from the realtors :

a contemporary and architecturally award winning design by marko simcic this home blends with over 1400 feet of rugged coastline spanning across 68 acres just outside of victoria, british columbia. exclusive luxury, this is truly one of the finest waterfront estates on the west coast. canyon river runs through the home and masterfully controls the temperature via hydrothermal radiant energy giving the home environmental consciousness through this impressively progressive technology. a radical and forward approach, the home’s mechanical and electrical systems can be accessed from anywhere on the globe via the Internet. this modern 6 bedroom home gracefully coexists with the surrounding natural west coast landscape and maintains an intimate and easily communicable presence on the interior despite the infinite size of the space. 10,700 square feet is wonderfully fluid and provides ease of daily functionality, while housing every luxury, with formal entertaining space, and separate guest accommodations. vaulted ceiling, skylights, intricate bridges, terraces, decks and an impressively sized car port all add to this home’s grandiose allure. tennis courts, hot tub, and pool add to this active retreat; an enclosed boathouse within the home allows you to roll out of bed and into the ocean! this award winning quiet and private waterfront metchosin home is the epitome of excellence; having achieved the canadian architect award in 2003 and a lieutenant-governor’s award in 2008. while seemingly a hidden sanctuary, the home is only 30 minutes outside of the capital city; allowing you to stay connected to amenities, shops, and air travel or enjoy the quiet seclusion.

read about the winner of merit award at canadian architect magazine here.

read about the ribbon cutting at canadian architect magazine here.

some more images at contemporist here.

metchosin house - internal walls

metchosin house - front of house

metchosin house - living room

metchosin house - bedroom

metchosin house - covered deck


garden wall house : 1519 west 33rd avenue

1519 west 33rd - frontthe garden wall house is finally finished construction and put up for sale already. somehow, i feel that to me, the execution of peter cardew’s design isn’t up to snuff. you be the judge.

designed by : peter cardew and winner of 2006 canadian architect award of excellence for this design.

built in : 2013 (listed for 3.68mil which is absolute madness!, 2015 – relisted for 3.38mil)

check out the link to the realtor’s listing here and some interior images here.

1519 west 33rd - gatethose who know a bit about peter cardew’s quality of work will be surprised to see this. painted bricks? cheesy address signage, ridiculous mailbox and ornate gate. obviously peter cardew’s office had nothing to do with the outcome.

1519 west 33rd - roof flashings

somewhere between the excellent design by peter cardew and execution, something went horribly wrong.

check out an article in canadian architect magazine about the house design here.

oh, what could have been. everybody should know by know it’s all about the details!

news : raic gives snaps to peter cardew

peter cardew, a local architect in vancouver has received the architecture canada’s gold medal, which is the highest honour that it can bestow in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to canadian architecture.

a link to the raic [royal architectural institute of canada] here to read more about the contribution peter has made.

a link to the special edition of canadian architect here with articles about peter cardew and some of his works.

a fascinating lecture by peter about his work. i especially like it when he talks about getting a phone call from his younger client stating that the front door of his house is ‘sick’! (click on image below)