designed by : ron thom
built in : 1952 (2017-listed for 4.38mil)
an excellent example of a well-kept mid-century west coast modern house.
check out my earlier blog post on this house from 2012.
current realtor listing here.
designed by : daniel evan white
built by : ? in 1991 [2013-listed for 8.88mil, 2017-listed again for 17.8mil] huh? assessed at 8.4mil
a short write-up on the house by the realtors:
welcome to this “one of a kind” concrete mansion designed and built by renowned architect dan white, situated in prime south granville area. exquisite contemporary high-end designed and crafted with luxurious finishings all in this concrete-reinforce construction. this non-replaceable 4 level house features over 12,000 sqft of living space, with 25ft high ceiling grand opened entrance, elevator, 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 45′ x 23′ indoor swimming pool, grand gourmet kitchen with huge wok-kitchen, steam & sauna room, 1255 sqft. master suite on 4th level, 6 car underground parking, chipping putting and sand bunker golf area and more. if you are someone special you will appreciate something special.
designed by : bruno freschi (erickson/massey architects)
built by : tom and nancy staples in 1967
read up on the original house here : staples house heritage conservation plan
now the house has been renovated and is better then ever.check out the listing here.
watch the video tour here.
designed by : fook weng chan (fwc architecture ) in 2002
built by : hart tipton construction in 2002 [listed in 2015 for 6.18mil]
short blurb by the realtor :
waterfront masterpiece designed by renowned architect fook weng chan! straddling the 2 most desirable deepwater lots, this one of a kind home is angled to take in the breathtaking views from every room. a “work of art”, the highest quality materials, workmanship and custom details are evident throughout in this post and beam home. highlights of this masterpiece include a waterfront infinity pool, elevator, theatre room, garage, workshop, geothermal in floor heating & deep-water moorage for your yacht. beautiful expression of structure and materials including extensive use of wood, stone, glass and steel. a dream kitchen with wolf, sub zero & miele appliances and automated home control systems at your fingertips. magnificent home!
view of living room corridor and extensive built-ins.
floors are stepped to create a variety of ceiling heights
pool area at back of house
view of house from street with feature entry portico
view of house from dock
built in : 1974
a wonderful custom home designed by dan white, implementing geometric patterns in floor plan.
short blurb about the house from the realtor:
beachfront magic! 70’ of panoramic waterfront on centennial beach in sunny tsawwassen. views of mount baker and mount rainier. beautiful fenced private gardens lead to beachfront bungalow designed by renowned west coast modernist dan white. amazing kitchen renovation designed by the home’s original architect. the best beach lot (12,852 feet) on centennial beach. the area boasts sunshine, warm and shallow water, walking trails, tall grasses and seemingly endless beach.
take a look at the image tour here.
check out more about the book at eve lazarus’s website.
let me focus my review on the chapter that is most dear to my heart, west coast modernism:
eve goes into a good detail on a few key players of west coast modern design from the 30’s to today. i really did enjoy reading about fred hollingsworth and ron thom and how they “dubbed their early houses ‘midnight specials’ because they designed then for $100 each, late at night while moonlighting from their day jobs”. sounds familiar (as i am still moonlighting on a regular basis).
a few of the other founders of the west coast modern movement chronicled in the book are frederick horsman varley, lawren stewat harris, b.c. binning, charles edward (& ned) pratt, paul merrick and barry downs. selwyn pullan was key to the success of many of these designers by bringing their vision to life through his photography. the chapter closes off with none other than arthur erickson.
designed by : patkau architects
built in : 2012 by j toelle construction ltd.
From 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.
check 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.