DRKdesign : 8500 fairdell crescent, richmond

seaside house

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : owner/builder in 2015 [listed for 3.49mil, 2017-relisted for 3.28mil]

photography by : snowchimp creative

the house is currently on the market and here is the link to the listing.

a short blurb by the realtor:
this westcoast contemporary custom built home is located in the reputable seafair neighborhood in richmond. spectacular ocean views from this truly magnificent luxury family residence situated on a professionally landscaped estate property in this most prestigious location. this exceptional modern home offers a stunning open design with spacious principal rooms, large floor to ceiling windows and the patio space on the house with water view is significantly larger than normal. the back yard faces west overlooking georgia straight from sunshine coast to vancouver island. extremely high quality boasts every luxury feature imaginable.

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view of house from back yard

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house enjoys sweeping views of the dyke and seaside beyond

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entry area leads to a double height foyer and floating stairs

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sitting room

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upstairs living room with clerestory windows bringing in soft eastern natural light

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master ensuite

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open dining room with wall of sliding glass doors to western deck

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the kitchen with eat-in island

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open space that connect to sitting room beyond and living room (to the right)

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stairs located centrally at upper floor with hallways beyond to bedrooms along the east side of the house

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western side of the house with walk-out basement, living space balcony and a roof top open sundeck

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street view of the house

video : 2185 capilano road, north vancouver

nice and more lively promo realtor video with humans!

check out the listing here.

short blurb about the house from the realtor:

an architectural masterpiece thoughtfully situated amongst the north shore’s finest elements. experience the pleasures of an urban sanctuary within ten minutes proximity from one of the world’s most desirable cities. designed and constructed with the highest quality of execution, this home brings an avant-garde twist to west coast living. exuding luxury and fine taste, this true work of art features ten foot ceilings, commercial-grade curtain wall windows, a green roof and a miele appliance package. a plethora of natural light, exposed steel, polished concrete and brushed-oak flooring combine a multitude of nature’s resources creating a welcoming, west coast feel. the exceptional outdoor space is the ultimate escape from your daily woes and a meeting place with one’s mind. breathe in the river, the mountains, the trees, all from the comfort of your own home. live 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.

 

goodie : 4296 quesnel drive

4296 quesnel drive - front

designed by : stuart howard architects

built by: jeff henderson construction ltd in 2012 [listed for 4.29mil]

a description of the house by the realtor, jay mcinnes:

4296 quesnel drive offers a contemporary design built to the highest detailed standard, on this arbutus neighborhood view-lot. stuart howard architects inc have created yet another custom home unmatched in every detail. this is a 6 Bedroom (all with ensuites), 5.5 Bathroom home with unobstructed views of the west side of vancouver, downtown vancouver, burrard inlet & north shore mountains. completed in 2012 by jeff henderson construction ltd, this new home has the capability to be completely run via touch-screen integrated ipads. this state-of-the-art system can control the lighting, heating, air-conditioning, security, televisions & surround sound stereo system. in addition to the external security monitoring (4 security cameras), this home offers a visual door-bell system allowing you to view who is at the front door from within. with its perfectly designed reverse plan, you can entertain on the top floor (living, dining & kitchen) with a perfect view of the city as your back-drop. the main floor offers the front entrance to the home, the master bedroom & ensuite + 3 other bedrooms all with ensuites. the ground level offers a large media room, mud room with kitchenette & laundry/storage room.

open house is this weekend (february 9 & 10, 2013) from 2pm to 4pm.

C:UsersHomeDropboxpixilinkfiles out4296 Quesnel DRIVE, Vanthe house has living spaces on the top floor and ground floor has the entry foyer and sleeping rooms, while the basement is jam packed with media room, a rec room and two more bedrooms.

click above to a view of a walkthrough of the house.

4296 quesnel drive - north side

the back of the house has extensive glazing to take advantage of the mountain/city view to the north. patio from the rec room connects to the front of the house via stairs along the south side.4296 quesnel drive - living room

the living room features exposed glulam beams that support the curved roof. feature window at the end of the room showcases the amazing view of the city beyond.4296 quesnel drive - kitchen

the kitchen is tucked in next to the dining room on the top floor. efficient linear layout with skylights above ensure sufficient natural daylight and a comfortable cooking space.4296 quesnel drive - stairs

the stairs are an architectural feature in the house and are located centrally with a window along the south-east elevation to provide natural light.4296 quesnel drive - bedroom

the main bedroom has large windows and double doors to a juliet balcony to enjoy the view. a large walk-in-closet and ensuite is located just off to the left on the image above.