Explore the Best of West Coast Modern Design THIS Saturday
Join the West Vancouver Museum in touring five of the city’s most unique homes.
Dream homes aren’t strictly for imaginations and HGTV anymore. They’re real, and they’re closer than you think, thanks to the West Vancouver Museum and its 13th annual West Coast Modern Home Tour, presented by British Pacific Properties. Tag along this Saturday to see the West’s dreamiest homes up close and personal, exploring the striking architecture and interior design of these five unique mid-century and contemporary homes that exhibit the best of West Coast modern design.
1. Ritchie Residence
Adventure is the name of the game with this home designed by New Zealand architect Mark Ritchie, who drew inspiration from its surrounding natural landscape. Ritchie has a unique approach to architecture, seeing each project as an opportunity to develop a new living space that emerges from its unique conditions instead of imitating a particular style.
This specific home with glazed doors, floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-plan layout allows for plenty of natural light to last through the rainy months—keeping nature a part of everyday life with its multiple bedroom terraces that have direct access to the courtyard garden.
2. Red Residence
McLeod Bovell, a duo who consistently design homes on steep and irregularly-shaped land in the Vancouver area, created this simplified living space, also known as the “Container House.” We’re big fans of this bright and open home that offers the ease of an apartment in its two-storey L-shape, but still has plenty of space for bed and recreation rooms, floor-to-ceiling ocean-viewing windows and an outdoor dark tile finish swimming pool.
3. Hemingway Residence
This post-and-beam structure is atop a steep granite cliff and surrounded by 360 degrees of luscious greenery—almost like a tree house, taken to the next level. With majestic views of the Pacific Ocean through the sliding glass window-walls, this recently-renovated vertical living space offers a nourishing experience designed for Brian Hemingway and his family.
New materials were introduced, including copper and charred panels, while maintaining the home’s original concept. This sacred home also has a new meditative tea room (converted from a storage space) that now works to connect the interior and exterior of West Coast living.
4. Isleview Residence
Inspired by Vancouver scenery—a mix of lush forests and the spectacular view of mountains next to the ocean—this Bob Lewis post-and-beam residence originally built in 1959 has been restored by designer Negar Ghorashi. With the help of the Dancing Particles design team, the home has been enhanced in every possible way.
To contrast the many months of gloomy grey days, Ghorashi brought in warm hues to go along with the 60-foot span of floor-to-ceiling glazing in the living room and translucent bar stretching along the kitchen island. This sanctuary allows visitors to soak up the calming feeling of the landscape and nature that surrounds it. So… when can we move in?
5. LaCas Residence
As the most recent addition to the tour, this home from 1979 was designed by Arthur Erickson and renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. The two were commissioned by Intrawest to create an exclusive residential neighbourhood in West Vancouver, and this is one of the twenty homes built on the seven acre site.
Staying true to the popular West Coast style of enhancing a home’s natural beauty and surroundings, this space perfectly combines the feelings of homey comfort and vacation resort with its cozy interior and views out towards Passage Island, Bowen Island, and Howe Sound.
West Coast Modern Home Tour
Saturday, July 14th
Modern Home Tour (12 – 4 p.m.)
Reception @ Eagle Harbour Yacht Club (4 – 6 p.m.)
Purchase tickets here