6072 Eagleridge Dr., West Vancouver, B.C.
Asking worth: $4,375,000
Taxes: $7,931.74 (2022)
Lot dimension: N/A
Brokers: Trent Rodney and Jason Choi, West Coast Trendy Group
In 2005, two aspiring builders bought a mid-century residence in West Vancouver’s Eagle Harbour neighbourhood. They approached architect Lewis Morse with a plan to remodel the dwelling perched on a ridge overlooking the Strait of Georgia.
The Nineteen Fifties-era residence and precipitous slope introduced an fascinating problem to the architect, who had constructed his popularity on designing institutional buildings. After graduating from the College of Manitoba’s college of structure, Mr. Morse hung out at distinguished corporations in London and Copenhagen.
Upon his return to Canada, he designed an award-winning college constructing for Indigenous college students in Thompson, Man. On the age of 26, he designed Centennial Corridor on the College of Winnipeg, which earned accolades as one in every of Canada’s most interesting examples of late-modernist structure.
Mr. Morse cites Swiss architect Le Corbusier and Spanish architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava as early influences. He was drawn to the inventive prospects that emerge when architects and engineers collaborate. His early profession included a stint at Arup Group, which was one of many corporations concerned within the constructing of the high-tech Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The clear façade of one other Paris landmark, the Maison de Verre, impressed him and plenty of architects and designers of his era, he provides.
“What an exquisite expression of metal and glass that was,” Mr. Morse says.
Against this, workplace buildings within the Nineteen Sixties and 70s have been typically dismal areas designed with dropped ceilings and fluorescent lighting, Mr. Morse factors out. He favoured eradicating the ceiling and exposing the work of mechanical engineers, who put collectively air trade programs with the view they might be seen.
“In the event you simply took out the ceilings, you’d have much more texture,” he says. “It will have character and be fascinating for folks to see.”
With a observe constructed on these ideas, Mr. Morse visited the classic home on Eagleridge Drive.
“It had seen higher days. I don’t assume anybody had lived in it for some time,” recollects Mr. Morse. “It was a troublesome website – I form of like homes which have troublesome websites.”
Because the extra skilled developer, Mr. Morse agreed to tackle the challenge on the situation that he take the lead on design. His younger purchasers agreed.
The home immediately
In an effort to keep on the fitting facet of planning guidelines and maximize the water views, Mr. Morse determined to retain the footprint of the unique home and hold the constructing as shut as attainable to the street.
He additionally preserved the rooms with post-and-beam structure of Douglas fir.
After one 12 months of building the brand new home was roughly double the scale of the unique.
Right now the home has 4 bedrooms and three bogs in 4,481 sq. ft of residing area unfold over three ranges.
The water view and rocky terrain dictated a lot of the design for the additions, Mr. Morse says.
Throughout building, one of many challenge managers wished to blast out the rock to create a extra degree base for a bed room on the decrease degree.
“We did as little blasting as we might presumably do as a result of it’s noisy and costly,” Mr. Morse says. “I stated, ‘we’ll construct the mattress on prime of the rock’ and they also did.”
He additionally made in depth use of glass as a way to benefit from the sunshine from the west.
Residents and guests arrive to a fundamental entrance with a wall of wooden and glass three tales excessive. Inside, a big touchdown sits about midway between the decrease degree and the principle degree. The open risers of the dramatic stair to the principle ranges enable views by means of to the timber and sky past.
On the principle degree, the constructing’s metal construction is uncovered. A big eating room with a beamed ceiling and wood-trimmed home windows has doorways that slide open to the deck outdoors.
The trendy kitchen has wooden cupboards, stainless-steel counter tops and a big island topped with Carrera marble.
In the lounge, the ceiling soars to two-and-a-half tales excessive.
“The areas are definitely totally different however I feel their movement is sort of good,” Mr. Morse says.
Upstairs, two massive bedrooms look out over the treetops. The decrease degree has two extra bedrooms and area for lounging.
Outdoors, Mr. Morse topped shingle-clad partitions with a corrugated metal roof. The fabric was straightforward to acquire and labored nicely with the stone, glass and shingles of the outside, he says.
“I by no means favored asphalt – I suppose it was simply too extraordinary,” he says.
The completed home was bought by a Canadian actress who admired the structure, Mr. Morse says. One other household took over for a number of years earlier than the present house owners, Joel and Giovanna Meire, bought the property in late 2019.
Mr. Meire says the couple had been searching for the higher a part of a 12 months for a house that might go well with them and their two kids. Inside just a few weeks of transferring in, they invited Mr. Morse and his spouse for dinner so they may study extra in regards to the historical past and structure.
“We’re inventive folks so now we have just a little extra appreciation,” he says of the design course of.
Mr. Meire says one in every of his favorite rooms is the first bed room, with doorways that slide open to the contemporary air.
The deck outdoors the eating room is one other in style gathering spot for the household.
“As quickly because the solar touches it, it looks like summer time instantly, he says.
For his half, Mr. Morse says he has a passion for the challenge and wouldn’t thoughts changing into the brand new proprietor himself however he spends a lot of his time in different components of the province.
“I’ve a passion for many of the homes, however I notably like those the place everybody works collectively. If it isn’t me, I hope somebody will get it who appreciates it.”
The most effective characteristic
Mr. Meire says the views throughout the treetops enable the household to look at the altering mild and distant storms rolling in.
“You’ll be able to see from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo and the tip of Bowen Island,” he says. “It’s an ocean view from most rooms of the home.”
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