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.

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.

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.


mid-century modern : 543 eastcot road, west vancouver


“the house without an inch of drywall”

designed by : fred hollingsworth in 1950

built in : 1953 [2014 – listed for 1.89mil]

Check out the listing by realtor, John Jennings.

a stunning example of west coast modernism, this intact fred hollingsworth home is widely regarded as his best and most important work. the 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is perfectly integrated with the surrounding landscape, which features a roy sumi designed japanese garden framed by mature local conifers, all on a very private 33,250 sq ft lot in the lower british properties. the interior of the home includes a grand fireplace, custom furniture and built-ins, innovative recessed lighting, original terrazzo floors and warm custom cedar walls and natural brick that flows seamlessly from interior to exterior. the owners have undertaken necessary up-grading and restoration, but have not disturbed the integrity of this artistic and architectural masterpiece! estate like lot .69 of an acre, completely, private, quiet, over 65 mature local connifers, water feature, and a formal Japanese garden. fred hollingsworth was a leading exponent of the residential design principles and philosophy of the late frank lloyd wright. the house is married and in harmony with its site and setting and boasts deep overhangs, concealed gutters, and large framed wooden windows and doors. the one level three bedroom home has large principle rooms with vaulted ceilings, recessed and valanced lighting, and lots of big windows and doors.

943 eastcot - living roomvery frank lloyd wright inspired interior with built-in bench, large masonry fireplace, corner windows and indirect lighting. not to forget all the wood paneling/cladding on the walls.

an article in montercristo on fred hollingsworth here.

a nice post on ceo.ca pertaining to some of the work of fred hollingsworth here.

some other houses on architecturewanted blog here.

goodie : 4710 woodvalley place

originally built in 1972, this house is a nice modest modern home located in west vancouver. designed by fred hollingsworth makes this house special. take a look at some signature touches by mr. hollingsworth.

1. the concrete central fireplace is a common element, especially during the 70s, incorporated by the architect. the hearth still is the hearth of the home, right? most of hollingsworth’s houses feature lots of exposed concrete, especially exposed aggregate concrete which helps tie the home to the natural land beyond.

2. the use of extended glazing along the private side of the house. the house is situated in a large treed lot so the use of extended fenestration could be utilized even to some elevations on the driveway side of the house.

3. the long horizontal lines of the roof. even though this is a single story house, the use of continuous horizontal roof fascia, for example, extends the home visually further into the landscape, which i am sure was the design intention, as is with true west coast modernism to blur the lines between inside and out.

please check out this article that goes into great detail about the house here : bc’s other great architect finally in limelight

tour : west vancouver modern home tour 2010

stegeman residence, erickson/massey architects 1954 – renovation by brian hemingway 2001

helliwell+smith home studio, barry downs/fred hollingsworth architects 1964 – renovation by bluesky architecture inc 2001

this ensuite bathroom was featured in the may 2010 month issue of western living magazine. the article is here for all who are interested. what a great concept in bathroom design having a nice soaker tub with a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking tress and the ocean beyond. of course having a great site doesn’t hurt either.

eagle’s nest house, ron thom 1956

this house may have not been to most prettiest of all, especially from the outside but it sure was cool. the fact that not a single 90 degree corner can be found in the whole house made it quite unique.

a pool that just begged to be swam in. the crazy thing about this pool was that it cantilevered right over the property line and has a drop of about 30 feet down beyond the railings. a house on the adjacent lot (not visible in this photo) was built right into the rock face.

even the stairs were on an angle to the walls.

a nice view to the ocean from all the rooms. probably can do some serious stargazing lying in bed everynight with that skylight above the bed.

 bonus: this recently renovated house at 4192 rose crescent was quite cool looking too. check out the sales listing for this one here.

gordon smith residence, erickson/massey architects 1996

post and beam architecture at its finest. a simple palette of stained wood and glass.

this is looking from the central courtyard towards to carport. at the left is the main bedroom. the floor plan is conceived as a square spiral where you enter at the lowest level and as you progress around the courtyard, each room is stepped up a few steps from the last, ending in the main bedroom. the entry to the house is located just off the image on the right.

a glazed wall overlooking the gardens and a forest view.

detail of the cantilevered roof and heavy timber structure.

underside of ‘bridge’ element which is the living room.

wood block paving in the central courtyard.

original studio.

view of entry from driveway.

exposed aggregate concrete retaining planter walls.

rain forest house, russell hollingsworth, c.1973the approach to the house was a winding road up a steep hill. nestled tightly between old growth cedars is the stone and wood house.

water fountains. water pots. water ponds. everywhere water of all sorts. still water. moving water. evaporated water.

lush landscaping throughout the site. an open carport located under the cantilevered roof to the right.

floor to ceiling wood doors and windows blur the lines of inside and outside. what a great space to be in. there were lots of skylights that made the indoors feel even more like outdoors.

exposed wood rafter roof structure was a great natural material in this west coast modern house.

roof eave detail. the roof comes to a sharp point and no gutters were present.

the cast-in-place concrete steps. the floor inside the home was made of the same concrete.

instead of gutters, a long trough-type drain was found to collect all the rainwater that comes off the roof during rainy season.

a long narrow window gives view from the secondary bedroom to the patio. a ladder gives access to the carport below.

garden with reflecting pond at the sitting room.

feel free to read adele weder’s article published in the globe & mail here.