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.

TICKETING DETAILS
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.

HOUSE DESCRIPTIONS
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.
BONUS FEATURE
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.

 

upcoming : vancouver modern home tour 2014

vancouver_modern_home_tour20147 newly built homes will be featured on this tour September 20th :

135 east 17th avenue by lwpac built by vanglo (see my previous post on this house)

1114 hillside road, west vancouver by iredale group built by r.d. constr. surveys (?)

1316 arbutus street by sheridan macrae built by horrock’s construction

5768 primrose place, west vancouver by ah-design (photos of house before reno)

3140 west 23rd avenue by frits de vries architect built by natural balance home builders

5012 marguerite street by david thom / ibi group built by stirling millwork

2049 gordon avenue, west vancouver by frits de vries architect built by brent pascall / brent developments

article in vancouver sun here.

press release here.