Balsam Modern House in West Vancouver

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Balsam Modern House in West Vancouver

New Home and Pool in BC, Canada – design by John Henshaw Architect

15 Aug 2019

Balsam Modern House

Design: John Henshaw Architect

Location: West Vancouver, BC, Canada

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

The Balsam Modern Housewas inspired by the linear architecture, the nearby Fraser River and its park like surrounding, the interiors continued the architectural scheme of long, linear glulam beams with extensive use of North American black walnut, natural stone in cream tones, greys and dark blue to reflect the palette changes with four seasons.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

The floor plans are configured according owner’s specification with a fairly non-traditional layout to keep the interior space open for the principle space, while a 30’ feature wall as the main architectural feature to counter the horizontal lines of this space.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

The dining room table is adjustable from coffee table height to dining table height so the space can act as a conversation living room space as well as a formal dining room. The storage/bathrooms/closets are all situated at the back of the home while the front of the home is open to the south sun exposure and views.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

The house is designed for the homeowners to be able to age in the residence well into their retirement age. Future accessibility is taken into consideration with wider hallways and doorways, wheel chair accessible bathrooms including curb-less showers, elevator access to all 3 levels of the home and layered lighting solutions.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

One particular objective was to create an architectural feature wall where the stairs are located. This 30’ tall wall also needs to hide the western bedroom door as requested by one of the family member. Utilizing a reclaimed fir cut to seemingly random squares, the result achieves both the wow factor client is looking for as well as satisfying the need to have a “secret door” at the top south wall to the bedroom area beyond.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Careful attention to both natural and artificial (electrical) lighting to optimize the southern exposure while providing layered effect for both ambient and task lighting for family members ranging from late teens to early 50’s.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

A carefully curated and limiting selection of natural materials and colour palettes to create an open, sophisticated yet inviting space.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Wider hallways and doorways, elevator access, curb-less showers and larger bathrooms to accommodate future accessible requirement.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

While the client had very exact specifications for the overall space and style, each family member’s private space remains very personal. The overall coherence was created by bringing elements of the principle space into each room, whether by use of materials, lighting or colours. The result is a comfortable home and a stunning space.

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Balsam Modern House, West Vancouver – Building Information

John Henshaw Architect

-New Construction single family home
-Vancouver west
-Contemporary home on busy street with southern exposure and ocean views,
-Award winning gardens surround the house
-Acoustic windows
-Glulam beam detail inside and out
-In and out unified by beam detail glass elevator open high ceiling
-Solar energy captured 5 ways

Project size: 8600 ft2
Completion date: 2014

Balsam Modern House West Vancouver

Photos: Erich Saide

Balsam Modern House in West Vancouver information / images received 150819

Location: West Vancouver, BC, Canada




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