Sunset House by Mcleod Bovell Design
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Project size: 16,600 square feet
Program: Situated on a very steep and technically challenging site, the house was designed for a family of four to capture expansive views of the harbor and heavy marine traffic along the jagged West Vancouver coastline. Direct connections between the main living spaces and an outdoor terrace and pool areas were critical.
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Solution: The building’s irregular shape traces the site boundary, coming to an angled blinder that provides privacy from tight adjacent properties. Movement into and through the house is carefully choreographed to disguise the considerable elevation change from street to living space—no individual stair run is greater than 1/2 story, allowing an unobstructed sightline from the oversized pivot entrance door through to the rear deck. Similarly, the split level arrangement allows for generous volumes in the main living spaces and a closer connection between the upper and main floor, while also providing dramatic elements such as the 40-foot elevation drop from the suspended deck and plunge pool to the rear garden below.
Construction and materials: The home has a cave-like feeling due to its predominantly concrete construction, with carefully carved spaces that feel intimate yet expansive. Limited materiality creates a meditative and calming experience, with contrast between solid and soft elements throughout. Board-formed concrete mimics the texture of the wood siding both on the exterior and interior of the home—its directionality is used to either elongate surfaces or emphasize double height spaces between floor levels. White leather pulls on white millwork are juxtaposed with carved wood handrails and wide plank oak flooring. The palette was stripped to the essentials, allowing the home to feel cohesive and solid.
Completion date: 2015
Gross square footage: 7,900 square feet
Total project cost: Withheld
Mcleod Bovell Design
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Lisa Bovell (not registered)
Structural: Wicke Herfst Maver Engineers (Dan Wicke)
Viewpoint Construction (Claudio Fischer)
Ema Peter Photography 604.789.6339
Reinforced concrete w/ both smooth and board-form textures on all three levels of the house including a concrete canopy and support at the roof level.
Metal/glass curtain wall: Atlas Meridian Glassworks custom curtain wall and sliding door systems.
Rainscreen: Vaprosheild "Revealshield IT" wall membrane
Wood: Accoya decking and siding throughout.
Other cladding unique to this project: Resyta siding utlizing a custom stainless clip system.
Built-up roofing: 2-ply torch-on membrane by Soperma
Metal frame: Atlas Meridian Glassworks custom curtain wall and sliding door systems.
Glass: Atlas Meridian Glassworks custom curtain wall and sliding door systems.
Entrances: Custom front ppivot door by Norton Installations.
Sliding doors: Atlas Meridian Glassworks custom sliding door systems.
Fire-control doors, security grilles:
Pulls: Custom stainless door pulls. Custom leather millwork pulls by designers.