welcome to the coleman home on emerald, a delightful modernist home that exudes craftsmanship from barry griblin, renowned designer of west coast architecture. this custom renovation features everything needed for a young family who appreciates west coast modern, and the specially built room for a music producer is just the start. the house nestles into its setting: from a u-shaped entry court, through free-flowing living spaces, to layered, glass covered trellises and decks leading to the landscaped rear yard. to call emerald drive one of the most desirable streets in edgemont is an understatement-minutes walk to the village, and minutes drive to the freeway and local schools. the home has one of the grandest backyard gardens of north vancouver.
the west vancouver museum’s eighth annual home tour took place on july 13th. five homes that exude the west coast modern aesthetic and lifestyle were featured on the tour build in various times to explore the way modernism has moved throughout the decades.
designed by ron thom of thompson, berwick and pratt, the 1958 carmichael and 1961 grinnell residences provide an interesting comparison of thom’s work. The carmichael residence embraces complex interlocking hexagonal modules, while the grinnell residence is characterized by a simple rectilinear grid.
as west coast modern architecture started to flourish, local builders adapted the principles of post and beam design. the lewis construction company, the most prolific of these design-build firms, constructed simple cost effective homes including a 1960 house recently renovated by gavin froome, one of the director’s of the film coast modern.
the downs residence II (1979) is a small house by local architect barry downs, who designed for his family. the house embraces an ever-changing coastal environment with views to the ocean. the modulated structure of the house is well integrated into its tranquil site.
in addition to these four homes, tour participants will also visit the recently completed house designed by architect greg dowling, for his family. the slender, horizontal structure projects from a rock precipice, overlooking the ocean and a forested ravine. the design combined concrete, steel and cross-laminated timber (clt), an advanced timber product designed for durability, sustainability and design flexibility. this house is the first building in north america to use clt as the primary structure for all floors, walls and roofs.
grinnell residence – back of house
grinnell residence – entry porch
grinnell residence – view from street
dowling residence – view from deck to cascading reflecting pools
dowling residence – interior
dowling residence – decks
dowling residence – view to entry from living space
dowling residence – view of ocean
carmichael residence – triangle window at deck
carmichael residence – folding doors open to southern deck
carmichael residence – entry porch
carmichael residence – view of house from driveway
carmichael residence – hexagon brick post detail
carmichael residence – house is high on the west side
carmichael residence – large overhangs at entry
downs residence – reflecting pool
downs residence – view
downs residence – set deep in the trees
froome-rayher residence – backyard
froome-rayher residence – street side windows
froome-rayher residence – large windows
froome-rayher residence – view from street
froome-rayher residence – large trees keep the house cool and shaded
the acclaimed documentary coast modern has now been released on dvd. relax into this journey through three generations of modernist architecture, and find the beauty in your own times – all over again. this exquisitely designed (and carbon neutrally printed) dvd package includes the feature length film, bonus features, director commentary, plus stills from the making of the film – all for the retail price of $30cdn plus shipping.
even though i have watched the film a few times, it still is a great inspiration for me. i highly recommend it and i look forward to all the bonus materials (i will order my copy now since i didn’t get to the release party at inform on time to get one there). a few stills from the film that will tide me over until i can slip the dvd into my player:
on june 8th, a book launch party is taking place at blue sky architecture‘s offices – 4090 bayridge avenue in west vancouver. do come down and get a copy of the book there and have it signed by bo helliwell, kim smith and trevor boddy!
if you can’t wait until june 8th to get your hand on a copy, run down to the west vancouver museum and get your hardcopy now (they still had 1 left when i got mine yesterday). or pre-order yours at amazon.ca.
above is a sneak preview of the inside pages.
another event related to the book launch:
also coming up in june is the public book release party for the book and dvd release of coast modern happening at inform in gastown.
please RSVP to 604 682 3868 or email@example.com
originally designed by seminal modernist vancouver firm thompson berwick & pratt, & perfectly restored to the highest modern standards by d’arcy jones; winner of the inaugural arthur erickson award for architecture. a perfect marriage of architectural design & function creating a seamless connection between both interior & exterior space that brings each room to life. completely rebuilt in 2007 featuring integrated masonry, custom walnut millwork throughout, seven-layer solid apple plywood kitchen, floor to ceiling glass, cork, oak, organic wool carpet & slate flagstone floors wrapped in lush landscaping rich with japanese maples, rhododendrons, ferns & other native west coast flora. featured in western living, canadian architect, vancouver’s modern house tour, & the film coast modern. an outstanding example of quintessential modern architecture.
link to canadian architect magazine article on the renovation here (issuu magazine), and here (canadian architect website).
i attended the world premiere of coast modern yesterday at the doxa festival. the theater crowd was filled with west coast modern architecture enthusiasts.
the film delves into the story of west coast modernism in residential design, spanning an area from los angeles to vancouver. in the start of the film, the eppich house is viewed and experienced by a walk-though from the yard to the entry into the living spaces and down to the bedroom level of the house, with the homeowner describing how his life has been changed since living in the house. without giving the film story and content away, i would highly recommend seeing it. it helped me re-affirm that a place for modern architecture still exists in the world and the hope for it to be part of the mainstream could one day be a reality. the film illustrates beautiful how living in a modern house changes the inhabitants, the way the live and feel and react/interact with the world around them.
some of the speakers in the films were (in no particular order): douglas coupland, trevor boddy, adele weder, dion neutra, ray kappe and many of the homeowners who live in these amazing spaces.
please do check out the film’s website for more information and some trailers.
much congrats to the filmmakers and countless contributors in this film for their hard work and passion for a topic that is close to my heart!