Architect Oliver Lang and his partner, Cindy Wilson, created Monad, a multiunit prefab prototype in Vancouver. Monad comprises four separate residences—with over 12,000 square feet of living, commercial, parking, and storage space in total—each with its own outdoor area. The living-dining area of their own residence is lined with doors and windows from Phoenix Glass for Columbia Aluminum Products. In the living area's reading room, which looks across to the neighbor’s living area, Lang incorporated titanium concrete flooring.
After years of frequenting winter sports hot spots, an active young Canadian family sought a retreat from the revelers and planned a weekend house with access to world-class skiing. “This is a weekend house that really lives up to its name,” says Ray Calabro, one of the design leads on the project, dubbed Kicking Horse Residence. The cabin was not intended for peace and quiet. The residents frequently entertain, inviting friends and other families to make the three-hour drive out to Golden from Calgary; guests are berthed in the 16 beds, bunks, and twin-bed-wide window seats designed for the home.
An illustrator of children's books who lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia needed a quiet workspace that was nearby, but separate from, her family's bustling household. She contacted local designer, artist, and builder Riley McFerrin of Hinterland Design to replace an existing shed on her property, perched on top of a steep hill, by maintaining the old outbuilding's small footprint. The design brief? "Small but airy, bright but cozy, and most importantly modern, yet in keeping with the rustic charm of the country."
Off the coast of British Columbia—on a site accessible only by boat—a family of Vancouver urbanites commissioned a sustainable cabin for weekend getaways that feels a world away. That remoteness made Gambier Island the ideal haven for Rose Lam and Todd Elyzen, two film-industry professionals who wanted a weekend retreat for their family. The couple wasn’t aiming to be self-consciously rustic; they wanted isolation but high comfort—the same kind of modern design that they enjoy in their city home.
From the outside, an unassuming 1942 cottage overlooking Vancouver’s harbor is an unexpected place to find Omer Arbel, a designer known for his experimental, amorphous creations for the Canadian furniture and design company Bocci. But inside his and his girlfriend's 2,600-square-foot home, Arbel’s rich imagination and exuberant love of objects are on display. In the bedroom, a light by Bretford in Chicago is next to an Ikea Malm bed topped with Indian linens and folk weavings. The rug is from Paola Lenti. A Bocci 19 brass bowl sits near a hamper from Connected Fair Trade Goods.
Originally built in the 1970s, this cliff-side house in North Vancouver was in need of an improvement and update. The owners, both visually-minded artistic directors at gaming companies, embarked on a multi-stage renovation that added a sharp modern aesthetic with clean surfaces and volumes. The kitchen and nearby areas were the first stage of the renovation by D’Arcy Jones Architecture. The residents collaborated with the architects to achieve the sharp graphic sensibility they desired.
Peter Cardew, an England-born, British Columbia–based architect was responsible for the recent makeover of a split-level in a bedroom community northwest of downtown Vancouver. The decision to gut the home paved the way for a truly minimal aesthetic to emerge, both externally and inside.
Some of the most beautiful locales aren’t the easiest to build on. For their latest project, architect David Battersby and Heather Howat were tasked with perching a 3,500-square-foot vacation house on a steep, remote site overlooking British Columbia’s Center Bay. Fir millwork warms the interior spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows offer peaceful views of the outside foliage. Even the bathroom makes the most of exterior views.
When artist Stephen Waddell first laid eyes on the Vancouver house he and his wife, landscape designer Isabel Kunigk, wound up buying, there was no lightbulb moment, no hint of a diamond waiting to be unearthed. But their architect, D’Arcy Jones, had a vision for the 1,300-square-foot 1940s bungalow: He’d raise the structure, transform the basement into the main level, and turn the former main floor into a bedroom level. Once Waddell and Kunigk’s house was lifted, about eight feet above the original, the team turned to the interiors. The ground floor has a deliberately unfinished quality, while the middle level is more refined. The new top floor is a luminous space, with views to the mountains.