the zinc house. the design of the house was created in responds to both characteristics of the site, and specific requirements of the clients. the main floor, the grand room, includes living and dining areas and is situated from the front to the back of the house, thereby filling the space with daylight. the west wall fireplace is illuminated by a hidden skylight, bringing evening sunlight into the grand room. connected to the grand room, but separated for privacy by a partial change in level, is the main entry with summer and winter closets, as well as the parents’ office overlooking the south facing garden. yet another connection to the outdoors and the grand room is the three storey wood paneled vertical space containing the staircase which is illuminated from above from the east window wall, located at the level of the relaxing rooftop patio and year-round hot tub. through these intriguing ways to capture daylight from all sides of the house, the atmosphere changes from early morning sunlight from the east, to the setting sun from the west. the grand room opens out on to the main garden and outdoor dining terrace with built in year-round barbecue. the garden is elevated above the adjacent lane ensuring total privacy for the garden. the lower garden provides a more intimate sitting area next to the vegetable garden, as well as access to the garage. also accessed from the lower garden are the more inward looking rooms including the multipurpose recreation room, the wood paneled media room, and he temperature controlled wine cellar. the master bedroom suite looks out onto a wide southern panorama through one single fourty foot long window the full width of the house. the exterior of the house is primarily clad with zinc, a traditional material used in european cathedrals for appearance, longevity, and minimal maintenance. the design of the house is made around the opportunities of modern urban living, including large social events, as well as the more relaxed tranquility for daily life.
this peter cardew designed home features a grand room that includes living and dining areas that run the length of the house with a built in west wall fireplace. the three storey vertical space contains a maple wall that leads to the relaxing rooftop patio and year-round hot tub. the grand room opens out on to the main garden and outdoor dining terrace with built in year-round barbecue. you can access the more inward looking rooms including the recreation room, the media room, and the temperature controlled wine cellar from the lower garden. the master bedroom looks out onto a southern panorama through a ribbon window the full width of the house. the exterior of the house is primarily clad with zinc primarily for appearance, longevity, and minimal maintenance.
here is a short blurb about the property by the realtor:
ocean, island & sky surround you in this stunning home designed by renowned architect peter cardew & featured in western living magazine as one of vancouver’s top 30 homes. enter to a wall of windows & soaring 20ft high centre skylight. generous living & dining room, galley kitchen with double wall ovens, sub zero fridge & double dishwasher drawers. the upper level floats above with a generous master bedroom featuring spa like soaker tub. lower level is ensuite bedroom & rec room, perfect for guests or teenagers. isleview place is one of lions bay’s most popular streets with close up ocean views, easy walk to beach, bus, local store & cafe.
read up on peter cardew from canadain architect here.
the 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.
those 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.
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!
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)