arthur ERICKSON architecture west van

Arthur Charles Erickson (1924-2009) – Vancouver Architect and urban planner – internationally known for his futuristic designs and commercial architecture – Monteverdi Estates in West Vancouver was one of his lesser known residential works – a series of 20 unique detached units of 2000 – 3000 sq’ on seven acres – designed to sensitively preserve the wooded areas.  Strong horizontal lines amongst the hemlocks and granite faces.  Primarily cedar siding and glass exteriors, the interiors were custom configured with the input of the homeowner.

Monteverdi Estates

Clad in cedar, with strong horizontal lines on the exterior.

Monteverdi Arthur Erickson

Situated on steep granite terrain, the view side is maximized with floor to ceiling windows.

ocean view

Peekaboo view of the ocean

Monteverdi Arthur Erickson

Entrance hall – with screen to divide space but allow light

Arthur Erickson

Hallway and powder room off entrance also flooded with light from skylights.

Arthur Erickson

More main floor – dining room with a view to the trees through the wall of windows

Arthur Erickson

Lower level with bedrooms – such as this with its own private balcony.

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This undercover space is below the entrance area and I love how this is just built around the existing rock face and utilized as a hot tub area.

Monteverdi Arthur Erickson

The unit I toured through was a lower one that had several flights of stairs down to it – here is another unit that is higher and entered at the bottom – to show how each unites unique to fit the site and situated differently.  These have roof top decks.

My name is Sue Womersley and I am a Design Consultant in White Rock BC sharing my love of design, travel and architecture with you.

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