Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

I have photographed a lot of private homes in the past few years, but I must admit I was pretty impressed by this west side work of art. It is designed by Evoke, and features a Swiss pearl exterior, open plan main floor, and huge sliding doors that open to a flush concrete pad in the back yard. Lorne Goldman can fill you in on all the details.

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Arbutus view property

February 7, 2013

A truly unique home in one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Vancouver. This beautiful house designed by Stuart Howard Architects sits at the top of Mackenzie Heights with an unobstructed view of the city. The ribbed ceiling on the main floor eliminates the need for walls and columns so the view can be enjoyed from anywhere. The entire house can be run from your iPad. It’s always a pleasure to shoot homes of this calibre. See Jay McInnes for the full listing details.

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Ronald Thom Bungalow

May 20, 2012

I had the privilege the other day of shooting a North Vancouver bungalow designed and built by renowned architect Ronald Thom, the man behind the BC Hydro building, Massey College, and Trent University, among others. This particular structure was a more modest affair: two bedrooms, no basement, but what struck me about the design was the way the home was integrated with the outdoor space. The back wall of the house was entirely glass, overlooking a tiled patio which served as an extra room in the warmer, drier months. Inside, the plain wooden walls, which would normally make a room feel small, dark and claustrophobic, are balanced with glass, mirrors and strips of white paneling. The dark ceiling floats above the rooms, perched on long white beams which stretch the length of the home both inside and out. It’s been restored to its original lustre by its current owners, both architects, but is now for sale. Clive Benjafield has all the information.
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Autowest Infiniti

July 28, 2011

Here are a few daytime shots of the Autowest Infiniti dealership. Sure makes a difference when the weather cooperates!

The folks at Richmond’s Autowest Group wanted some new images of their BMW and Infiniti showrooms for their website. Hey, right up my alley. Had to make two trips, though. They wanted daytime and twilight shots, and both places faced east, so the sunny photos had to be done in the morning, the twilight shots at, well twilight. I got a chance to slip a couple of humans into a few of the shots, which I don’t always get to do. I’ll be back in a few days to shoot some video for them as well. Looking forward to that. In the meantime, here are a few of the finished images of the BMW facility.

West Van Hidden Gem

February 2, 2011

I have spent a lot of time shooting homes in West Vancouver recently, and thought I knew the area pretty well. But I had never heard of Headland Park, an exclusive community designed by renowned architect Russell Hollingsworth. The homes look like they have been carved out of the surrounding rock. Floor to ceiling windows offer a sunrise to sunset view of Vancouver. And the interiors boast top of the line European appliances, radiant heat, and too much more to list here. Get all the details from Eric Christiansen, and in the meantime, enjoy the view.

Under the sun

January 30, 2011

Vancouver doesn’t have a lot of great classic architecture, but the Sun Tower on Beatty Street is a rare exception. I recently had an opportunity to shoot a loft in a heritage building, whose rooftop deck is nestled almost directly beneath the landmark. It got me interested in the history of the building, so after many hours of research (well, OK, Wikipedia), I found out that the 82-metre Tower was at one time the tallest building in the British Empire, and that the colour on the roof is painted on, to imitate the patina of copper.

The loft is pretty nice inside too — sort of an electric cowboy update of a 1911 renovated warehouse. Su-Marie Baird has all the info if you’re interested.

Own a piece of history

January 18, 2011

We all know that discussions of Vancouver’s history pale in comparison with some of the great places of the world. What other city would put a plaque on a house once owned by Jimi Hendrix’s grandparents, for crying out loud? But we are not completely devoid of culture. The West End has a few architectural gems that are approaching 100 years old. The Queen Charlotte Apartments is one, and realtor Craig Rushton recently listed a two-bedroom suite for sale, a rarity in this neighbourhood. The building has an impressive two storey entrance, art deco finishings, and the original bird cage elevator, among other charms. It’s on the market just today, so now’s your chance to be first in line!

Laneway Living

November 5, 2010

In an effort to help homeowners defray the skyrocketing cost of housing in Vancouver, the city recently approved the construction of laneway houses in some neighbourhoods. These homes, sometimes know as carriage houses or coach houses, share a property with the main house, but face the lane instead of the street. Alex Glegg of Henry + Glegg Architects designed this pint-sized beauty, as well as the main house in front of it.