WORDS Dawn Sondergaard X PHOTOGRAPHY Ema Peter
Overlooking the fjord-like waters of Indian Arm, located near a bustling neighbourhood in North Vancouver, the windowless façade of this house ensures a quiet, private residence. The bold architectural lines, however, tell a different story. Larger than it first appears, this three-storey home is anything but unassuming. Like a hidden gem found on the beach just a couple of blocks away, one can’t help but take a closer look.
Inside, you are transported into a world of tranquility and sprawling space. The modern design features white walls and polished concrete floors with radiant heating. With a focus on angular, clean lines, attention to construction detailing is paramount.
The angular exterior of the house is designed to minimize interior glare and to keep water off the wrap-around windows. Your eyes are naturally drawn to the stunning views, with black window frames adding to the simple, greyscale aesthetic. No one can see in, but the family can see out— the nature and ocean views, perfectly captured.
Designed by D’Arcy Jones Architecture and built in partnership with HAVAN member Open Horizon Developments Ltd., the home’s pinched waist provides space for two outdoor courtyards with uncommonly dramatic interior views from the inside out, and back inside again. The east courtyard boasts native plants and trees, mimicking the surrounding native forest, and blurring the lines between architecture and nature. The west courtyard filters the afternoon light, creating a sunny pocket off the kitchen; it’s a place to sit or eat outside, protected from the gentle afternoon ocean breeze.
The open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area, complete with fireplace, is located at the back of the house to make the most of the south-facing views. Downstairs, on the middle level, is a second living area featuring a wet bar. Sliding glass doors lead to a third patio with garden, hot tub and swimming pool.
The interior—designed with generic rooms in mind, versus spaces built for specific uses—makes this home adaptable for a growing family’s ever-changing needs. Most rooms in this house are not designated. The master bedroom could be in one of two spaces, bedrooms could be dens, and dens could be bedrooms.
Tucked under the lower level, the basement conceals a gym, a sauna and the home’s mechanical systems to support the latest mod cons.
HAVAN features 1,100 professional members who build 65 per cent of Metro Vancouver homes. havan.ca.
建築由D’arcy Jones Architecture設計,并與HAVAN會員Open Horizon Developments Ltd.合作承建，在住宅中部，收緊式的設計開闢出兩個室外空間，從内向外，從外向内營造出不同尋常的景觀。東院栽種的植物與樹木將建築與周圍的自然叢林自然相連；西院則過濾掉午後陽光，讓主人享受戶外進食的同時，避開午後海風的侵擾。