Project: Pacific Spirit Art Estate & Gardens
Architects: Garret Cord Werner Architects
Builder: Werner Construction Ltd.
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Area: 12,000 square foot
Photos: David O. Marlow
Pacific Spirit Art Estate & Gardens is located in the Pacific Northwest.
This exquisite 0.7-acre ocean-view property overlooking English Bay and the North Shore mountains was conceived as something completely different – a contemporary home ideal for entertaining, yet also family oriented to cater for children. Garret Cord Werner Architects exceeded the owners’ vision, taking a holistic approach to simultaneously integrate the architecture, landscape, and design.
The property is constructed from two pavilion-like components connected by a central dining area, creating visual junctures designed for contemplation. One of the highlights of the garden, which features native plants and natural sculptural stone arrangements, is a waterfall that cascades into the koi pond at the entrance way to the home, where the floating staircase can be glimpsed rising to the second level.
The 12,000 square foot residence is the quintessential expression of Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers. The entire design is by GCW, including the architecture, interiors, furnishings, and hard landscape design – a truly holistic concept from start to finish.
The architecture of this home has carefully been integrated into the landscape making it feel sculpted into the surroundings. The client’s art collection was also carefully considered when designing the home along with maximizing the views. Water and light fill all areas of the home and a dramatic koi pond and waterfall mark the secluded entryway. Simplicity reigns throughout, yet it is a warm, child-friendly, and wonderfully entertaining home – simply perfection.