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Four & Four House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

Four & Four House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

Project: Four & Four House
Architects: Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses
Project Team: Matt Mcleod, Lisa Bovell & Devon Burry
Builder: J Bannister Homes
Location: West Vancouver, Canada
Area: 6,600 ft
Year: 2019
Photo credits: Andrew Latreille
Text by Mcleod Bovell

Situated on a steep waterfront lot flanked by suburban context, the Four & Four House knits together the client’s affinity for mid-century, post-and-beam construction with contemporary adaptations.

The site’s generous width with its semi-naturalized condition presented an opportunity for landscape elements to organize the sequence of the house in the form of four distinct courtyards. Clad in locally-milled yellow cedar, four massive beams frame these spaces:

  • A sunken courtyard at the entrance framed by concrete walls provides lateral and vertical separation between vehicular movement and guest arrival.
  • A naturally planted garden courtyard opens up toward the sky in a double-height atrium to bring in filtered south light to the interior spaces below.
  • A sheltered outdoor living room immediately next to the garden provides the setting for multi-seasonal activities.
  • A lounge deck hanging over the concrete base of the house gives way to unobstructed views of the water and its ever-changing conditions.

hall, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

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kitchen, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

Spatially, the central courtyard separates the flanking formal and informal living areas while still allowing visual connection through full-height glazing. A fully glazed gallery acts as the intersection between the living spaces, sunken courtyard, and garden. The upper floor—a screened volume that contains the bedrooms—spans the outdoor living room below like a bridge.

living room, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

ground floor plan

This volume is strategically shifted toward the street so that the monolithic façade at the south elevation conveys a sense of privacy when viewed from the street. Meanwhile, lowered window heads visually reduce the house’s massing from the water’s edge to give it the appearance of a single-storey volume following the client’s appreciation for mid-century aesthetics.

living area, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

living room, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

upper plan

back of the house, Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

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