victoria modern : 1851 crescent road

designed by : DeHoog and Keirulf

built by : ? in 2008 [2017-listed for 6.4mil]

short description of the house by realtor, brett jones :

1851 crescent road sits at the apex of gonzales bay, victoria’s finest urban waterfront. an area entwined in the history of victoria, the bay was once home to rum-runners, bath houses, tea rooms and dance halls. today this balmy, sandy bay remains full of life, beauty and intrigue. sheltered from ocean breezes, it is the perfect spot for kayaking and swimming.
from the road you are presented with a mere glimpse of the property. to fully appreciate the location you need only step through the custom stainless gates. once inside you’ll discover a stunning view across the juan defuca strait to the olympic peninsula of washington state that very few have the opportunity to experience.
from top to bottom this home is designed to make the most of its location. start your day with your favourite cuppa and front-row seats to the daytime maritime activities of passing cruise ships, sailboats and local craft. end your day in the infinity pool, or sip a glass of wine by the patio fireplace, while you watch the glowing sunset give way to the twinkling lights of port angeles on the far shore. then make your way up to roof-top deck for a little star gazing.
and while the vistas are magnificent, the inside won’t disappoint either. the home offers a generous 4,810 square feet plus an additional 2,341 square feet of outdoor living. designed by preeminent victoria architects dehoog and keirulf, this home is a breathtaking example of west coast contemporary style. best practices in architectural design are evident throughout. solid construction features include commercial-grade steel with sacked and parged concrete and locally sourced natural materials, large overhangs shade the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain a comfortable living environment.
fourteen-foot sliding doors glide elegantly into pre-formed niches in the concrete structure at the touch of a finger. floors are a mix of hardwood and terrazzo concrete with in-floor radiant heat.
1851 crescent road was thoughtfully designed to take advantage of this idyllic location. the outdoor spaces have been considered as carefully as the interior. the gas fireplace on the main deck allows you to extend your enjoyment of this glorious space year-round.

the upper deck view

sauna in basement

fireplace in living room

warm kitchen

front of house

upper gallery

victoria modern : metchosin house

designed by : marko simcic

built in : 2006 by bill hustler construction ltd.

metchosin house - reflecting pool

write-up from the realtors :

a contemporary and architecturally award winning design by marko simcic this home blends with over 1400 feet of rugged coastline spanning across 68 acres just outside of victoria, british columbia. exclusive luxury, this is truly one of the finest waterfront estates on the west coast. canyon river runs through the home and masterfully controls the temperature via hydrothermal radiant energy giving the home environmental consciousness through this impressively progressive technology. a radical and forward approach, the home’s mechanical and electrical systems can be accessed from anywhere on the globe via the Internet. this modern 6 bedroom home gracefully coexists with the surrounding natural west coast landscape and maintains an intimate and easily communicable presence on the interior despite the infinite size of the space. 10,700 square feet is wonderfully fluid and provides ease of daily functionality, while housing every luxury, with formal entertaining space, and separate guest accommodations. vaulted ceiling, skylights, intricate bridges, terraces, decks and an impressively sized car port all add to this home’s grandiose allure. tennis courts, hot tub, and pool add to this active retreat; an enclosed boathouse within the home allows you to roll out of bed and into the ocean! this award winning quiet and private waterfront metchosin home is the epitome of excellence; having achieved the canadian architect award in 2003 and a lieutenant-governor’s award in 2008. while seemingly a hidden sanctuary, the home is only 30 minutes outside of the capital city; allowing you to stay connected to amenities, shops, and air travel or enjoy the quiet seclusion.

read about the winner of merit award at canadian architect magazine here.

read about the ribbon cutting at canadian architect magazine here.

some more images at contemporist here.

metchosin house - internal walls

metchosin house - front of house

metchosin house - living room

metchosin house - bedroom

metchosin house - covered deck

 

dan white modern victoria : 530 salmon road

530 salmon - deckdesigned by : daniel evan white

built in : 1974

check out the listing at sothebys, and further images by realtors here. Below is a lengthy writeup on the house:

progressive for its day in 1974, when daniel white, renowned bc architect, conceived this 5500 square foot west coast contemporary residence on the western facing shores of the saanich Inlet. now, fully restored, and progressive once again, with the latest in technology; seamlessly united with its gentle sloping, forested site, complementing white’s dynamic, bold, yet environmentally empathetic design through a refined selection of natural materials, from both near and afar, executed to an unparalleled standard. this private, 2 acre, coastal sanctuary, hugs 400 feet of temperate rainforest waterfront, affording arresting ocean views through its fully glassed western exposure. the intricately stepped plan further captures magical vistas of the surrounding towering trees and moon lit nights through an interlocking series of arched skylights. Interior open planning furthers this intriguing visual experience, reinstating the site’s natural topography as well as its tactile richness through a matrix of locally milled cedar, and custom quarried rajasthani slate floors – both inside and out. the understated natural palette defers to the daylight views beyond, while at night, this selection, further enhanced with australian brush box flooring, black honed granite counters and cabinetry panels of resin embedded reeds, come into their own through a carefully designed system of programmable lighting. both broad expanses and precise vignettes of glass are secured through a system of top grade commercial windows and doors. state of the art seismic engineering secures the structure to its foundation. several exterior decks continue the stepped progression providing an entertaining bbq area; a pool with adjoining changing room and steam/shower; separate guest or caretaker quarters; as well as coastline decks that offer a variety of transitional daylight and shade opportunities to enjoy both white’s remarkable creation and one of victoria’s finest coastlines.

530 salmon - entry stairsthe entry sequence is a true dan white experience. approach the house at upper level and exterior stairs lead down to lower living levels.

530 salmon - upper floor planthe upper floor plan. note that the large set of stairs leads from roadway to upper floor and then down to pool level. rooms are open to each other and separate by changes in level with few steps within the plan.

530 salmon - lower floor planthe lower level plan features the pool and a small separate suite and loads of deck space.

530 salmon - living roomthe living room features the curved window/skylights to allow natural light and extend the window visually beyond the ceiling.

530 salmon - bedroomthe bedroom has a smart built-in that does not reach the ceiling. this creates a feeling of a room larger than it really is since the ceiling plane continues throughout.