“My love affair with the property started the minute I walked into the garden. The opportunity to create a home straddling water in the midst of nature in the centre of a bustling city was too great to pass by. I bought it on the spot and immediately called my architect friend Alan Boniface for help. Alan and I had worked together designing and building a factory for my business 20 years ago. We so enjoyed the process and result, we promised each other we’d design and build a house for me one day. Of like minds, we visioned a minimal space with blurred lines between interior and exterior. One where being in the home was to be in the garden. I’d already had the pleasure of owning a home that Brad Martin from Treeline Construction had built so I begged Brad to join the team. Brad was on board the second he saw the site and Alan’s drawings! After a year of careful planning and detailing we began dismantling the old structure, reinforcing footings and foundations where required. Brad was on site every day for the 2 years we were building. Alan, Vance and Adrian from Dialog worked tirelessly on every detail as the construction progressed. Galina Zbrizher of Total Lighting Solutions had worked with both Alan and Vance on other projects and was hired to design and manage the lighting for the home and garden. Joe Fry from Hapa Collective was given the task of integrating the new modern structure into the established but neglected garden. I worked on site every day as the “general clean up, go for” guy as we created this beautiful jewel box of a home. It was such a pleasure to work with so many inspiring professionals who had the same intention and clarity of vision. To create a home where you transcend Nature by means of man-made nature.”
Located on the West side in Vancouver, the home is situated on prestigious Marine Drive in the Southlands/Dunbar neighborhood. These neighborhoods are amongst the most desirable in Vancouver , central to the city core with an established “West Side” feel. Within walking distance are the top rated schools Crofton House and St. Georges. Located between the Dunbar and Kerrisdale shopping areas there are many grocery, restaurant and service businesses on your doorstep. Southlands is home to many equestrian facilities & several golf courses, all are a within 5 minute walk away
Downtown Vancouver, UBC, Richmond, Vancouver International Airport are a 15 minute drive.
“The whole property is protected from the city streets so well, that when on site one is transported into a world of peace, beauty and prosperity” Tien Neo Eamas Feng Shui Design Expert
The lush and private corner ravine lot is divided by Khatshlano Creek which flows north to south and out to the Fraser River. The lot was sculpted into a Traditional Japanese water garden in 1899 when it was formerly part of the Sprott family estate. The gently flowing creek descends through the ravine and has 3 small waterfalls as the elevation changes. At the southern end is the pond, with a moss covered island, an ancient Japanese Maple at its centre. The creek then flows through a beautiful stone archway and under the street on its way to the river and out to the sea. Old stonework combined with new stonework and concrete objects ground this magical place. Ferns, moss, hosta, laurel, vine maple, bamboo, Cedar, Oak and Japanese Maple abound. The harmonious balance of all the elements has created a garden that is a true meditation on nature in the midst of a bustling chaotic world.
Often likened to Frank Lloyd Wrights famous Falling Water, the house was designed around the structural grid established by a delightful “bridge” house built on the site in 1966. Much of the original footings and timber columns remain, consequently the new house feels like a very grown up and modern version of the original. The house seamlessly reinterprets the competing notions of privacy and exposure given its well traveled and central location. The architects cleverly achieved this balance through thoughtful placement of concrete objects in the landscape, substantial skylights with louvres and meticulous interior millwork. The craftsmanship and detailing in the structure and all of its finishes make a visual feast.
Materials and finishes in the house were chosen to support rather than preclude the garden. As there is substantial daylight in the house even on a dull day, finishes are mostly matte to reduce glare or bounce. Custom louvres on the skylights insure diffused and indirect sunlight. Floor to ceiling commercial curtain wall was used for glazing maximizing views of the gardens. There isn’t an inch of molding in the house, all finishes are revealed creating a clean, crisp finish everywhere. A custom Nana wall and two sets of French doors open the living room to approximately 1500 sq ft of Ipe decks. All decks have 5/8” thick tempered glass mounted on T316 Stainless steel hardware. The floors are polished concrete with in floor radiant heating on 7 zones. Bathrooms and showers are finished in full sheets of Bianco Neve White Marble. Plumbing fixtures are Gessi or Dornbracht.
Both the interior and exterior have in floor/in ground LED lighting, Most of the other lighting is LED or Halogen, all controlled by a Lutron Graphic Eye.
The home was awarded GE’s Edison Residential Design Award for 2012.
The kitchen is outfitted by Modulnova , finished in matte glass and Mississipi willow. With a full fleet of Gaggenau appliances discretely tucked behind opaque glass doors, this kitchen will please any chef.
My love of metalwork appears both functionally and decoratively throughout the house and hardscape. From custom machined door sills to “Bamboonimum” screens in the garden and Porsche steering components seeded in the concrete driveways and walks.
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