west vancouver mid-century : 6245 taylor drive

designed by : arthur mudry

built by : ? in 1965 [2017-listed for 10.8mil]

short write-up on the house by the realtor:

a magnificent 1 acre waterfront estate in gleneagles with over 200 ft of west facing, gently sloping oceanfront. this architecturally designed home by arthur mudry is situated on a tranquil and park-like property on a quiet street with towering cedars, natural gardens and winding trails to the water that invite swimming and kayaking. immaculately maintained, this elegant west coast home features 2,620 sq. ft. of living with a sensational great room with floor to ceiling windows and signature fireplace, a master bedroom suite upstairs, and an expansive deck to enjoy outdoor living with spectacular sunset views to whytecliff park and bowen island. this is a rare and untouched preserve of west coast waterfront…

this house is in good company with a dan white modern next door (cascading boxes)

quadra island : the tula house

tula house - outsidedesigned by : patkau architects

built in : 2012 by j toelle construction ltd.

tula house - living roomFrom the architect. Perched 44 feet above the Pacific Ocean on a remote island, the Tula House reflects the casual irregularity of the sites rock ledges, beach, and forest in both its geometric and spatial order.

The topography of the site is highly irregular; the prospects diverse. Views to the east stretch over the open water and islands of the Strait of Georgia to the mountain ranges on the mainland of British Columbia. Views to the south overlook a small tidal basin. Moss covered basalt hills are interspersed among treed expanses and richly vegetated crevices, valleys and swales. Stands of red alder and big-leafed maple enliven the predominantly dark Douglas fir forest. The shoreline below the house is littered with the flotsam and jetsam of the ocean where logs and rocks have been tossed around by the tides and storms like a child’s game of “pickup sticks”. One site is actually many sites.

The house cultivates a sense of dwelling with, and within, such diversity. Low rock walls edge a gravel approach to the house. A loose arrangement of concrete walls, clad in staggered fibre-cement panels, begins to describe space. These panels are black in color. From a distance, the house visually recedes into the dark forest. The roof, planted in moss and native ground covers, appears from above to be continuous with the surrounding ground plane.

Groundwater flows continuously through the site where it is captured momentarily within an entry courtyard. The ground plane of the courtyard and interior floor of the house are large shard-like concrete plates. Within the house, spaces are defined by a series of slowly unfolding concrete walls that channel the flow of space through to ocean views. This primary flow is diverted in passage by eddies of secondary space which branch off, separating and focusing moments of diversity in the site: the small tidal basin off the kitchen nook, a ledge of moss covered rock in the bedrooms, a view back from the court to a swath of deciduous trees.

A steel-framed roof mirrors the order of concrete walls and floor plates. Narrow skylights project lines of light at oblique angles through space. At the cliff-edge, the solidity of concrete floors is left behind. A steel-framed, wooden deck is cantilevered into the air. While an uninterrupted expanse of glass takes in distant, sublime views of the Straight, glazed apertures in the floor of the living room deck open vertiginously to the textures and sensual immediacy of beach and ocean below. Millwork elements float freely within the spaces like the flotsam and jetsam on the beach.

tula house - kitchencheck out the images at archdaily here.

check out an article at dezeen here.

a great lecture by patricia patkau, she goes into the design and construction of the tula house (five site house) in detail :

link to an article in bloomberg.

link to an article in the plan magazine.

tsawwassen modern : 266 centennial parkway

266 centennial parkway - beach sidedesigned by : daniel evan white

built in : 1991

a wonderful custom home designed by dan white, was used in movies (link here) and now up for grabs with a view unlike any other. check out the 360 views here.

short blurb about the house from the realtor:

rarely does a magnificent waterfront property like this come available. a dan white masterpiece never to be replaced. truly a private resort feel, with miles of sandy beaches, breathtaking views of the bay, north shore mountains and sensational sunrises. three levels of endless glass, concrete and steel, this 5000 sq foot home was designed to bring the outdoors in with unobstructed views from most rooms, a cleverly designed beach front residence. enjoy a private 65 foot lap-pool and spa, large roof top deck, a six car lobby plus a master bedroom on wing of its own with unobstructed views. built for those who truly love to entertain in a setting few get to call home this gem is spectacular.

266 centennial parkway - courtyardclever use of site by placing a semicircular courtyard with a lap pool along one side directing towards the ocean.

266 centennial parkway - street sideunassuming and humble massing/facade from the street, but once past those gates and into the house….. boom pow!

arthur erickson : baldwin house

anyone watching the pilot of intelligence last week on cbs would have noted the set used as dr. shenandoah cassidy’s house was in fact the baldwin house design by arthur erickson in 1963.

baldwin house - arthur erickson

check out some great interior photos at architecture wanted blog.



land for sale : lot 38 passage island

lot 38, passage islandjust put on the market, my mother-in-law’s property on passage island. the property is west-facing and about 18,000 sq.ft. in size, with about 48′ of rocky outcropping waterfront.

check out the listing by susan johnston here, and below is a short description of the site:

a little chunk of heaven, this waterfront bare land property is approx 1/3 acre & beautifully situated mid-island on passage island. west-facing, gorgeous views of howe sound & bowen island, this mid-bank property is easily the best value lot on the island. Just 10 minutes from west vancouver thunderbird marina. desk-to-dock: passage island is less than 1 hr commute from downtown vancouver on most days. surrounded by a mature forest, stunning island & ocean views, build your dream cabin on this awesome piece of land. possibility of installing a dock/gangway for direct access. imagine sunset dinners on your patio, a 3 minute walk down the path to one of two island beaches, fishing/crabbing/prawning at your doorstep & an eco-friendly recreational lifestyle.

a local home designer, me!, who is familiar with the site is available to help guide the new owners through the building of a cottage on the land. since the lot is water access only, a dock would have to be built and septic filed installed. there is no electricity on the island which would deem the need for a generator or solar photovoltaic collectors. water collection would be designed into the house for daily usage as well.

its a  wondefrul island and great place to get away from the hustle and bustle. it sure is sad to see it on the mls but feel free to spread the word to any friends, colleagues who may be interested.

out of town goodie : elenko residence

elenko residence - view from lake

the elenko residence in osoyoos designed by cei architecture is up for grabs. check out the listing here.

the building site is small and compact, facing eastward across the lake. spaces were stacked, creating a two-storey home with a roof garden for relaxing or entertaining. the building provides the basic needs of shelter in a simple, compact, organized box. the building aesthetics are intended to be simple and functional solutions that respond to the semi-desert climate of the south okanagan, the owner’s program and the waterfront context. the building form is reminiscent of the early modernists. white stucco accentuates the colours of the site, the ribbon windows maximize views and the roof garden allows for play and entertaining. the building was also designed to incorporate passive sustainable strategies to control heat gain and to minimize energy consumption. the building form provides shading and the natural ventilation allows a breeze to form between the lower and upper windows.

as always, an in-depth article in the globe and mail by hadani ditmars here.

an architectural write-up in WAN here when it was a finalist for the house of the year in 2010.

and of course, an image gallery to drool over at contemporist.