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Writer and photographer Christina Newberry has travelled the globe in search of a great story, but her favourite place to visit is Isla Mujeres in Mexico. “Most people think of the island as a day trip from Cancun, but after exploring Isla for a few days, you’ll fall in love and never want to leave,” insists the travel pro. In this issue, she shares travel tips on exotic Bali.
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Vicki Magnison Editor
Niki Hope Art Director
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Brendan McAleer is an awardwinning freelance writer and photographer based out of North Vancouver. His work is published regularly in the Globe & Mail, Road & Track, Time’s TheDrive, the North Shore News, and elsewhere. Cars he’s looking forward to for 2017: “Having driven the Alfa-Romeo Giulia on-track recently in California, I'm looking forward to the arrival of the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover in Canada. They're well-styled and the 505hp Quadrofoglio models are hilarious.”
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Award-winning photographer Rebecca Blissett shot kiteboarder Jack Rieder and Antonio and Edith Corsi from Gusto di Quattro in this issue. Her work can be seen in numerous publications, including the Vancouver Courier, as well as part of the current exhibition All Together Now at the Vancouver Museum. When not working behind the camera or keyboard, she can be found in the kickboxing gym or on the ice with Vancouver’s favourite women’s recreational hockey team, the Ice-O-Topes.
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Christina Myers spent more than a dozen years working as an awardwinning news reporter. Her work has appeared in the anthology Boobs, Skirt Quarterly, Voices of Motherhood, and most recently on CBC Radio. In this issue, she writes about the modern wine cellar. “I love the concept of bringing wine cellars out into the open – a visual centrepiece rather than something tucked away.”
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The gift of tradition
49 Home A VERY MODERN
12 The teacher 13 Influencer Treana Peake 14 Natural wonder 16 Fred Lee on the town Superlatives
Alternatives to traditional green and red décor
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TAKE A SEAT
Expert tips on choosing the ideal accent chair
Inspired ideas that are
The pink-gold shade has made its way to interiors this season
38 Wine storage isn't just relegated to the basement anymore THE ART OF THE WINE ‘CELLAR’
GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM
For the guy who has it all
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THE GIFT OF TRADITION The holiday season is built on tradition: family gatherings, breaking bread, and decorating our homes, all in the interest of carrying on what those before us have done. Restaurateurs Antonio and Edith Corsi, from the North Vancouver culinary institution Gusto di Quattro, know a thing or two about tradition. The couple were among the first to bring handmade Italian pasta to Metro Vancouver when they opened in 1981. We go inside their beloved restaurant to see what a planned move will mean for their longtime location at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue. Award-winning writer Eve Lazarus, whose fascinating book Cold Case Vancouver is a must-read for those who enjoy local crime history (who doesn’t?), writes about a wildly unique North Shore home that completely broke with tradition with its nod to the Googie style – 1950s architecture influenced by car culture, jets and the Space Age. Our Marine Drive feature home, by builder Paul Fedusiak from Goldwood Homes and designer Craig Chevalier, is the kind of home traditional spy character James Bond would appreciate – a classic-yet-contemporary home with touches of unexpected adventure. This issue includes vibrant West Vancouver artist Sharon Quirke, and influencer Treana Peake, whose tireless philanthropic work was inspired by the support her own family received from an anonymous donor when she was a child. Meanwhile, West Vancouver kiteboarding whiz Jack Rieder is featured this month, taking us to the wild waters of Squamish, where the 16-year-old is carving out his own way and potentially helping launch a new sport tradition on this side of the water. It wouldn’t be a holiday issue without the classic gift guide. We hope there’s an item or two that inspires your last-minute shopping, or helps you craft your wish list for next year. A year sounds like far off, but in modern life, when everything feels like it’s on fast-forward, 365 days can go by in what seems like a heartbeat. This hectic pace makes it all the more important, it seems to me, to take the time to slow down when we can – to savour the moments together and appreciate our traditions and the loved ones we share them with. Happy Holidays!
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THE TEACHER SHARON QUIRKE’S WORK IS ‘FULL OF TRUTH’
teach?” Simply not true. Take Sharon Quirke, for example. The internationally acclaimed painter enjoyed a rewarding
teaching career for more than 30 years. During that time, countless private and corporate clients have installed her work in their homes and offices. The renowned Art Works Gallery in downtown Vancouver has proudly represented her. And perhaps most notably, she’s had the distinct honour of exhibiting in the Chelsea District, NYC, to commemorate 9/11, as well as the Northwest Territories to celebrate the birth of Nunavut. Understandably, she doesn’t regret opting for the financial security of holding down a day job. If any-
agree. Her abstract landscapes have been touted as “truly magical,”
thing, it freed her up creatively.
“inviting and dramatic” and “full of truth.” So what’s her method?
“You don’t have to bend with the market,”
“I basically start with a life experience, everything has to spring
says Quirke, calling from her West Van home stu-
from what one knows,” says, Quirke, who’s in the habit of documenting
dio. “You can really pursue your own vision with
everything around her with sketchpads and a camera.
more authenticity and confidence. It’s allowed me to keep my work very bold and personal.” Collectors and art critics from coast to coast
WEST VANCOUVER artist Sharon Quirke’s abstract landscapes are layered works with vibrant tones.
Armed with these reference materials, she heads into the studio and starts composing a gestural outline before grounding the canvas with her ever-present “earth colour,” yellow ochre. After that, she layers on a multitude of vibrant colours with a variety of brush sizes. “That’s when the conversation begins,” she says. “I put my recordings away, out of sight and just start feeling my way through. Often, there’s too much information at this point, so I try to sort, balance and emphasize – and simply try to convey one thing – like the “tree-ness” of this one tree or the feeling of coming home, so the canvas has a The result is a presence of colour and a fluidity of light. This unique visual language speaks to a lot of people in many ways. “One of the nicest things an observer once said about a winter landscape series,” recalls Quirke, “was, ‘I came to your show just to feel
the fresh air.’ And I really appreciated that comment because I think
that’s exactly what I’m trying to communicate.” — Sarah Rowland
ARTIST PHOTO BY JENNIFER GAUTHIER
PHILANTHROPIST AND Obakki clothing line owner Treana Peake has spent years working through her foundation to bring clean water to people living in remote African communities.
INFLUENCER: TREANA PEAKE
A CHILDHOOD MEMORY INSPIRES HER LIFE OF GIVING
I have been collecting
Books: vintage novels, for the
T R E A N A P E A K E R U N S T H E H U G E LY S U C C E S S F U L L U X U R Y C L O T H I N G L I N E , O B A K K I .
time in my life when I
She’s married to a bona fide rock star (Ryan Peake from Nickelback) and owns a beautiful home overlooking Howe
am actually able to find
Sound. Now, if she wanted to, Peake could just kick back and enjoy a pretty glamorous life … and then maybe attend
time to read!
the odd charity event as a way of “giving back.” But that would never do for this deeply committed philanthropist.
In 2005, she founded the Obakki Foundation, a charitable organization that’s brought clean drinking water to one million people living in remote African communities. She has no intention of stopping there.
Margiela and Marni.
able to further sustain the administrative fees of the foundation – and build water well after water well after water
Dr. Tom Catena, an
well. I want to turn that one million people into two million!”
American physician who
This concept of helping others dates back to childhood, when an anonymous donor helped her family when they
has been practising in
needed it most. Every year, they would slip a white envelope of money under the door to ensure that she and her mom –
Sudan since 2008; my
a single parent living on limited means – could make ends meet for another 12 months. To this day, Peake doesn’t
South Sudan country
know who this person is but her gratitude for that generous act of kindness drives everything she does and then
some. “The success we’ve been afforded financially just means I have more ways to help those in need,” she says,
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adding, “I love the quote – “What’s the point in being given this life if I don’t try to do something remarkable with it?”
— Sarah Rowland
“I am never short on goals – that’s for sure,” says Peake. “I want to keep growing Obakki to the point where we are
NATURAL WONDER THE NORTH SHORE’S JACK RIEDER IS A KITEBOARDING WHIZ
e s t
V a n c o u v e r
kiteboarding phenom Jack Rieder is dazzling spectators and garnering the hardware to prove it. The 16-yearold, who began kiteboarding just two
years ago, won the Canadian junior freestyle and international junior open competitions in August, while also picking up a pair of silver medals in senior men’s events, proving he’s one to watch on the water. Rieder’s career in kiteboarding began just two years ago, while sailing in Squamish he saw a group of kiteboarders riding the waves with large power kites guiding them on their boards. “They were going a whole lot faster and jumping,” Rieder told the North Shore News after his win in the summer. “It just looked way more exciting.” Rieder, who grew up racing sailboats, combined his knowledge of how the wind behaves and innate athletic ability to progress from beginner to elite level competitor in a two-year time span. Once he’d established his basic competence, it was on to the next challenge – developing and practising tricks. Encouraged by older kiteboarders within the tightly knit Squamish community, Rieder entered his first junior competition in 2015, putting the world on notice by taking second place in freestyle. He followed that up with his first place finish at the Canadian Junior Nationals in August this year, and then moved up to the Open competition where he took second place on the same weekend. His approach to learning new tricks and moves involves a lot of study. “I start by watching kiteboarding tricks on the Internet and then practise a routine on my backyard trampoline with a rope attached to a swing set,” he says. “Before trying a new trick, I will imagine the body motion it requires.
end in painful crashes, but within a couple of sessions I’m usually successful and can perform the trick consistently.” He makes it all sound so easy. — Steven Threndyle
On the water, the first few attempts tend to be messy and
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FALL HARVEST: A bounty of glamourous gala-dos and red carpet soirees
saw charities benefit from this season’s hottest and most-stylish parties.
IDS Vancouver A must-attend for design enthusiasts, the Interior Design Show Vancouver (formerly IDS West) is the largest design event in western North America. 1 Jody Phillips, IDS Vancouver show director, welcomed feature designer and keynote Tom Dixon to the annual exhibition of all things design. 2 Spotted at the IDS Vancouver opening party was the design duo of Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds. The partners in life and work were recently cited with this year’s Robert Ledingham Memorial Award for emerging interior designers. Waterkeeper Gala Canada’s foremost charity fundraiser for clean water drew 200 prominent artists, musicians and philanthropists to the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. 3 Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard escorted his girlfriend Rebekah Asselstine to the sold-out Waterkeeper dinner and auction dedicated to protecting our waters. More than $200,000 was raised benefiting Swim Drink Fish Canada and B.C.’s Fraser Riverkeeper charity. Festival MOSAIC MOSAIC is one of the province’s preeminent and influential organizations serving 25,000 immigrants, newcomers and refugees yearly from 32 locations throughout the Lower Mainland, including North Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond. 4 MOSAIC’s chief fundrasier Ninu Kang welcomed U.S. Consul General Lynne Platt to the organization’s yearly fundraiser. 5 Joan Andersen, director of employment and language programs at MOSAIC, greeted former B.C. premier and MOSAIC board member Ujjal Dosanjh to the organization’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Chor Leoni At Home Gala Mainstays at West Vancouver’s United Church, Chor Leoni hosted its annual At Home Gala. Charming tail-coated singers once again served as hosts, serving epicurean delights paired with fine wines, serenading guests with exquisite choral music in the most magnificent mansion in the city. 6 Gala chair Lesley Stowe and Chor Leoni artistic director Erick Lichte stand in front of Gabryel Harrison’s coveted painting in honour of Chor Leoni founder Diane Loomer. Sale of the artwork contributed to the more than $80,000 netted for the venerable all-male choral group. 7 CBC’s Gloria Macarenko emceed the $200-a-ticket At Home dinner party at Maureen McIntosh’s storied Casa Mia mansion in Southlands. 8 Singer Jordan Back and acting general manager Stash Bylicki welcomed guests to the fundraiser.
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YWCA Crabtree Corner Luncheon
Diane Forsythe-Abbott hosts her annual power lunch benefiting single moms and their kids living in the Downtown Eastside. Neil Aisenstat’s Hy’s Mansion will once again play host to influencers, power brokers and change makers for an afternoon of fun and philanthropy. ywcavan.org
All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala
A full house is expected for the Arthritis Society of B.C.’s inaugural All In for Arthritis charity poker tournament and gala. Held at the Stanley Park Pavilion, card sharks and poker enthusiasts will come together in the spirit of philanthropy to raise funds for thousands – young and old – suffering from arthritis. arthritis.ca
Science World’s Science of Cocktails
Science World’s premiere cocktail party will once again showcase the Lower Mainland’s top mixologists creating the most unique cocktails science has to offer. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the physics, chemistry and biology of cocktails in ways never experienced before, while supporting the science centre. scienceworld.ca
BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration Gala News anchor Tamara Taggart chaired the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s 12th annual Inspiration Gala. 9 A cancer survivor herself, CTV’s Tamara Taggart and fellow co-anchor Mike Killeen emceed the masked ball. 10 Diagnosed with tumours in her sacrum, lungs and liver, Ann-Britt Everett had to travel to Europe multiple times to treat her rare cancer. The new made-in-B.C. NeTracer technology, which the Inspiration Gala earmarked, will bring that treatment closer to home says B.C. Cancer Foundation CEO Sarah Roth. AIDS Vancouver’s Celebrity Dim Sum Elbow room once again was in short supply at the ninth annual Celebrity Dim Sum, the Lower Mainland’s tastiest and most raucous brunch benefiting AIDS Vancouver. 11 The Unstoppable Conni Smudge and CTV’s Ann Luu were among a colourful cast of celebrity servers. The $40,000 raised will care for the 7,000 people annually accessing vital services and programs at AIDS Vancouver. Lions Gate Hospital’s Shine Gala Diagnosed in the late ’80s with HIV and given months to live, Dean Thullner relied on medical and mental health resources to see him through a very difficult period. Wanting to give back, Thullner created Shine, a benefit for mental health. 12 Dean Thullner with Dr. Allan Burgmann, whose Lions Gate Hope Centre benefits from the fundraiser. 13 Shine models Krystina Kozlowski, Shuwen Chai and Cale Jacobs greeted attendees at the hair, makeup, fashion and performing arts benefit. Gordon Smith Gallery’s Off the Wall Benefit Vancouver’s most respected art collectors donated works of art to the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation’s inaugural Off the Wall fundraiser. 14 Foundation executive director Gail Johnson and board member Richard White were all smiles when their debut-do brought in $125,000. WE DAY Dinner WE DAY Vancouver brings together world-renowned speakers, performers, and thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that changed lives. Paula Abdul, Margaret Trudeau, George Takei, and Serena Ryder were among an all-star cast. 15 Singer, dancer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul was among the Hollywood celebrities that headlined the pre-WE DAY dinner held at Melita Segal’s Southlands home.
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
onâ€™t rely on the same old staples year after year. Our guide delivers a few inspired ideas that are
sure to bring a smile to her this season. We peppered our list with sentimental favourites
and fashionable gems.
DREAM PUMP: The ever-stylish Marmont Pump by Gucci merges comfort and cool, $1,051, online at Nordstrom.
CLASSIC PEARLS: A keepsake Chanel necklace, price unknown; fine jewelry from the iconic line is now available at the Chanel store located in Holt Renfrew.
SOOTHING MILK: The gift of good skin with Extra Repair Nourishing Milk from Bobbi Brown, $86.
MODERN NOSTALGIA: Snap, share and print instantly with the Polaroid Snap, $159.99.
TRUE GEM: This perfectly elegant David Yurman bracelet is made with sterling silver and 18-karat bonded yellow gold, $1,875, at Holt Renfrew Vancouver.
PERFECT TOTE: The medium Milo calfskin leather tote by ChloĂŠ, available at Nordstrom online, $1,752.
LUXE EYEWEAR: Grace sunglasses by North Vancouver’s C4 Eyewear, in collaboration with media personality Susie Wall, $145.
DUSTY BOOTS: Truly sophisticated and fun Soul Stud tall boots from Valentino, available at Nordstrom online, $2,375.
MODERN LOVE: Delicate gold chain wraps around to simple freshwater cultured pearls by Vancouver’s Poppy Finch, $295.
GIFT TIME: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 34 in everose gold with diamonds, estimated price $44,000.
TRUE BLUE: Fun forever piece, the Sugar Stack ring from the Paloma Picasso collection at Tiffany & Co., $2,850.
TIE ONE ON: Beautiful silk neckerchief in light blue stripes by Vancouver’s Mona Sultan, $95.
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Whether he is outdoorsy, an audiophile, style conscious or just likes to have a little fun, our list has you covered.
WATERPROOF STREAMING: The Swimmer Bluetooth speaker can be looped, twisted and gripped for multiple mounting options, by Polk Audio, available at Best Buy, $69.99.
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CABIN FEVER: Inspiration for cabin living, available at Urban Outfitters. BRIEF TIME: Scoop up the Coach pebble leather briefcase, $620, at Hudson’s Bay.
ELECTRIC AVENUE: The Classic Comfort cruiser by Pedego Electric Bikes, starting at $2,595, available online and at Cit-E-Cycles Vancouver.
PURE SOUND: The Master & Dynamic MH40 over-ear headphones made with premium leather and stainless steel components, available at microsoftstore.com, $549.
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CLASSIC CLIP: The 18-karat gold Postage Money Clip from Tiffany & Co.’s Out of Retirement collection, which is based on archival Tiffany designs, $4,750. JUMP BACK: The Smart Rope LED-embedded jump rope, tangramfactory.com, $99, tangfactory.com.
VINYL GOLD: The old word in portability – a three-speed record player from Crosley Cruiser, available at Hudson’s Bay, $129.99.
CUT THE CORD: Experience the wireless smart earphones by Bragi, $299 US, available online at store.bragi.com. PLAY TIME: RS Barcelona You and Me ping pong table, available online at shophorne.com, $4,150 U.S. WRAP IT UP: Chevron triple-wrap bracelet in brown leather and 18-karat gold by David Yurman, find it at the David Yurman store at Holt Renfrew or online at davidyurman.com, $1,245.
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A VERY MODERN CHRISTMAS ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL GREEN AND RED DÉCOR
oliday decorations are now streamlined, modern, playful and even colourful. Here are just a few
fine examples of holiday traditions made modern.
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Simple, clean, oversized wire peace sign wall art from CB2, $29.95, available online at cb2.com or in the store’s Vancouver location on Robson Street.
WALL ART: Soft cotton foil snow tree tapestry from Urban Outfitters, $59, available online at urbanoutfitters.com.
LIGHT SIDE: Expressions LED lights adds extra shimmer to the holidays, $59.50 at Chapters Indigo.
WALL ART: Soft cotton embellished holiday tree tapestry with tufted accents from Urban Outfitters, $189, available online at urbanoutfitters.com. There is also an Urban Outfitters at the Village at Park Royal, though not all online items are available in store.
WISHFUL DECORATING: Glitterville Wishbone ornament in gold and multi-stripe, $15, at Chapters Indigo. Available online or in store, chapters.indigo.ca.
LIGHT THE TREE: Gold sparkle tree with miniature lights, $69.50 at Chapters Indigo, brings a magical holiday glow to a space.
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PAUL FEDUSIAK and his team at Goldwood worked with designer and longtime collaborator Craig Chevalier on this magnificent Marine Drive home.
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IN A FEATURE that James Bond himself would appreciate, a crane helps move watercraft in and out of the ocean.
T ’ S E Q UA L PA RTS C O NT E M P O R A RY design and modern luxury – with a dash of secret agent thrown into the mix. Paul Fedusiak, owner of Goldwood Homes Ltd., says
this oceanfront West Vancouver home is a great example of the projects his company specializes in – and speaks to the company’s passion for fulfilling the unique wish list of each client. In the case of this recently completed home,
one of those “wishes” was a crane to help move watercraft in and out of the ocean. on the patio where you can lower your jet skis down,” explains Fedusiak. “It’s very cool, very James Bond-like.” In keeping with the owner’s request for a modern and contemporary feel, the three-level home has a unique West Cost flatedged exterior design with interior details that carry that sense of luxury indoors.
“If you go down from the pool area, there’s a crane mounted
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“ARCHITECTURALLY, IT’S AN AMAZING, AMAZING HOUSE. WHEN YOU’RE IN IT, IT’S KIND OF LIKE YOU’RE FLOATING ON THE WATER.”
THE CONTEMPORARY, three-level home has a West Coast exterior with luxury-rich interior details.
Floor-to-ceiling windows face south and west, to take
The focus on small details to create a comfortable and
advantage of the views, opening on the south side onto a
modern living space continue throughout: a panel above
large open deck area with a fire pit.
the fireplace opens to reveal a big-screen TV with the press
Another highlight in the home is the temperature-con-
of a button; in the kitchen, appliances and fixtures from
trolled wine wall, placed near the dining area and great
the world’s oldest kitchen brand – German manufacturer
room in the open-concept main floor.
Poggenpohl – are used throughout, and kitchen doors and
“It’s a great way to really show off your wines, rather
than having the traditional wine cellar down in your base-
integration,” says Fedusiak of the interior features.
ment,” said Fedusiak, whose company has built several
He also points to what he calls the “really unique, high-
homes for some of the biggest sports celebrities in the
end millwork finishes” throughout the home, including cus-
world, though out of respect for their privacy, he doesn’t
tom woodwork on the walls and floating ceilings – wood
drop any names.
panels dropped down from the ceilings. Glass railings and
Creating a wine cellar within view and easy access to the dining area has become increasingly popular in recent years, he notes. DECEMBER 2016
cabinetry open with just a touch. “There’s a lot of really slick
steel handrails for the stairs keep the contemporary theme. On the top floor, three bedrooms – each with ensuite – boast sweeping ocean views. On the bottom level, an
living | Home entertainment area with a big-screen TV and bar provide a unique living space with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that retract to allow access to a large outdoor pool terrace, complete with outdoor heaters and another fire pit. A third fire pit on the property is located close to the water, near the crane – which, aside from moving jet skis, can lift small boats out of the water for seasonal storage at the rear of the property. Due to the home’s setting atop a bluff and the proximity to the ocean, the project was a challenge, said Fedusiak. But the location and the design combined to create a stunning home. “Architecturally, it’s an amazing, amazing house. When you’re in it, it’s kind of like you’re floating on the water.” Fedusiak and his team at Goldwood worked with Craig Chevalier, a local designer and longtime collaborator. The duo meet with the client to help determine “what will ultimately benefit the owner the best.” “At the end of the day, it’s the owner’s house, the owner’s decision,” said Fedusiak. “We guide them
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through the process. We’re involved from the get-go. That ultimately gives you the nicest product from a cost perspective and from a design perspective. Fedusiak has the years of experience to know: he’s been building high-end homes since 1986, having caught the building bug early in life. “My father was a builder, and I always wanted to build high-end product. That’s been my dream, ever since I was a kid.” His passion for the business has served him well – most of his business is from returning customers. “There are members of the same family that we’ve built for, and we continuously build for our clients on a regular basis. Most of our business is word-of-mouth.” West Vancouver Realtor Malcolm Hasman, who sold the home, notes its striking, unique beauty. “This home is an architectural masterpiece with an expansive floor plan offering an indoor-outdoor lifestyle like no other. It is truly one of the most spectacular waterfront homes I have ever sold in West Vancouver,” he says.
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he accent, or occasional chair
that completes a space –
whether it is a living room,
want a cosy chair in a bedroom. But generally speaking,
bedroom, sitting room,
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or an intimate nook that
them the decorative bow of a space, so to speak. Go for
needs a charming and
an interesting pattern or texture. Sofas should be neu-
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tral, so they stand the test of time, but the accent chair
closes off a conversation
can be bolder, more daring, because the smaller amount
space – adding texture and
of fabric won’t overwhelm the rest of the room.
as it is sometimes called, ties
a room together. It’s a piece
Going Bold: Accessory furniture doesn’t have to match everything; it can be interesting, decorative, less about comfort and more about style –
though this isn’t hard and fast. For example, you might
warmth to open spaces and creating a natural meeting spot. An accent chair completes the circle
for conversation in some areas and in other areas it’s an added point of visual interest. When it comes to
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THE ART OF THE WINE ‘CELLAR’ WINE STORAGE ISN'T JUST RELEGATED TO THE BASEMENT ANYMORE
WORDS | CHRISTINA MYERS
“WINE CELLAR is really a bit of a misnomer these days – these are beautiful rooms, sometimes on the main floor,” says builder Greg Nielsen.
f the term “wine cellar” still conjures up images
collections are prized treasures; housing the bottles properly
of dark basements and dusty bottles, consider the work
is a priority, as is ease of access and visual enjoyment.
being done in local homes by builders like Greg Nielsen.
“Certainly, in some cases, these are collections worth
The owner of GD Nielsen Homes says the old cliché
$100,000 or up,” he notes. “In other cases, it can be a small
of cobweb-filled vaults full of aging wine are a thing of the
space – for example, a closet with a glass door – that
past. These days, it’s polished wood, sparkling glass and
can hold and display a smaller number of bottles. It really
climate-controlled rooms – and they aren’t always in the
depends on what kind of a priority it is for the homeowner.”
That move from basement to main floor is, in part, convenience but also a recognition of the visual value in a wine
“CERTAINLY, IN SOME CASES, THESE ARE COLLECTIONS WORTH $100,000 OR UP.”
collection. “There’s really two different ways of creating (a wine cellar) as far as I’m concerned,” said Nielsen. “Either the (wood) millwork is the primary feature, and the bottles go in on their sides with the end showing. That can be beau-
“Wine cellar is really a bit of a misnomer these days –
tiful. Or, the bottles are standing up with their labels facing
these are beautiful rooms, sometimes on the main floor,”
out. A lot of times, the wine labels themselves are art, and
he said. “Just about every home we do now has a wine cel-
they can be an incredible addition to the space visually.”
People really enjoy them.”
Nielsen is particularly fond of “cellars” that appear in a staircase, enclosed by glass. “It’s definitely one of my favou-
Modern wine cellars are typically climate controlled for
rites. It creates a visual interest in the stairway space, you
humidity and temperature, to ensure ideal conditions for the
can see it from the top looking down and in many cases
wine itself. There’s a number of systems available on the
you can see it from the lower floor – from a games room or
market that create the proper environment, depending on the
entertaining space – and it just creates a really wonderful
size and style of the room. For some of Nielsen’s clients, wine
centrepiece visually,” he said.
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WHATâ€™S HOT? DESIGNER APPLIANCES FOR THE KITCHEN STEAM OVENS, LUXURY TOWERS AND INDUCTION COOKTOPS ARE DE RIGUEUR
WORDS | NIKI HOPE
team and induction cooking are the latest in must-have kitchen appliances that will take your holiday meals to the next level. The latest cooking options elevate virtually
every meal with modern approaches to age-old recipes that ensure full flavour. The compact steam oven is the latest roasts, including that perfect holiday turkey, which can aptly fit in the 24-inch steam oven. Food cooked in steam holds
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for a wide range of sizes, and stand-alones starting
Boyd, Western Canadian director of sales for Euro-
at about $4,500. The Porter & Charles induction
Line, a company that distributes to some of the
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largest appliance stores in the Lower Mainland,
tion, instead of by thermal conduction from a flame,
or an electrical heating element. Because induction
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heating directly heats the vessel, rapid increases in
Appliances. “I would say most people now are more
temperature can be achieved. “The induction ele-
interested in healthier cooking. Also it produces a
ment gets considerably hotter than gas burners, so
much better product coming out of the oven.” The 24” stainless steel multi-function oven, which starts at $3,499 and is easy to clean, can come as
A chef who was delivering a demonstration at
part of a luxury tower, which can include any sort of
Euro-Line headquarters recently initially didn’t want to
kitchen/appliance combination, including an espresso
use the induction cooktop for a cooking demonstra-
machine, microwave (though some forgo the micro-
tion. Instead, the chef used a gas cooktop, but when
wave in lieu of the steam oven), wine fridge, etc.
steak the Euro-Line team were searing, he became a
of the contemporary kitchen. Boyd describes them
convert. “He didn’t believe us, but sure enough when
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it came to searing all sides of the meat, we were
Meanwhile, when it comes to cooktops, induction that rivals gas. The contemporary, sleek and easy-toclean design comes in 24-inch, 30-inch and 36-inch
he saw the effect the induction cooktop had on the
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BLENDING SCIENCE AND DESIGN IN MODERN HOME THEATRES
IT’S THE GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA ALL OVER AGAIN – THIS TIME, without a box office, long lineups or noisy neighbours two rows back. The demand for high-end home theatres and media rooms reflects not just the evolution of audio and visual technology, but the timeless nature of North America’s love for the silver screen.
WORDS | CHRISTINA MYERS
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ou look back to the ’50s and the ’60s and people gathered around their little Magnavox TVs in the family room together – on a Saturday night you might dance to a
show that was on, or sit and watch together as a family,” notes Hal Clark with Commercial Electronics. “There was an important social aspect to entertainment.” The modern version is functionally the same, but with an eye to
every single detail of the experience, requiring a collaboration between not just technology specialists but, in many cases, contractors and architects. But it’s not just Hollywood blockbusters people want to enjoy at home. The gaming industry is huge, Clark adds; for other clients, it may be karaoke or major sporting events that are a draw. Either way, the end result is an experience that can be incredibly immersive – new audio technology means that a helicopter buzzing by on screen can sound like it’s passing 10 feet behind you, or over your head, depending on what the director wants. “It’s really taking the experience to a whole new level,” says Clark. “It can sound just like being in the best cinema; frankly, it can sound better than that. We design around not just the technology but the way in which the client is going to use that space, what their needs are.” Those needs – and expectations – continue to grow as the technology does, notes Mike Chorney of La Scala Integrated Media. “The real box office will always do well, but the experience of having this kind of theatre and media space in your home is really incredible and increasingly in demand,” he says. In some cases, that may mean a strong focus on the visual appearance of the space if design and décor is important, or it could be special modifications, such as a golf or hunting simulator for use in a full entertainment room. IT’S NOT JUST movies that are making the theatre room a special place to gather – gaming and major sporting events are also draws.
Regardless, there’s no denying that these systems require knowledge and experience that goes beyond the weekend hobbyist. “Experts (working in this industry) are going to have the training needed to make all these different components that are necessary in a media room or a home theatre, such as projectors, A/V receivers, lighting or window coverings, work together flawlessly while being used at
“IT CAN SOUND JUST LIKE BEING IN THE BEST CINEMA; FRANKLY, IT CAN SOUND BETTER THAN THAT.”
their fullest potential,” said Paul Jasich of CGM Electronics. “It’s become possible to recreate the big-screen cinema experience in your own home.” That integration of technology and design is a critical key to the
and put it into a room that hasn’t been properly set up by the contractor,
the end result is going to be really diminished,” says Clark. Chorney agrees. “You can have a pantry full of ingredients, but if you’re not a master chef, it won’t turn out the same. That’s where we come in, that’s what we do. We’re the chefs.”
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THE RESIDENCES AT LYNN VALLEY NEW DEVELOPMENT DESIGNED TO FIT INTO THE NATURAL SETTING
WORDS | JANAYA FULLER-EVANS
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walking trails, and spectacular views of the mountains and Lower
floors, and some might even see Burrard Inlet.
Mainland. Soon, it’ll also be known as a hub of luxury living.
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homebuyers to empty-nesters, and everything in between,” she says, add-
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LET THE SIDNEY PIER HOTEL CHARM YOU DISCOVER 108-YEAR-OLD BAKERIES, VIEWS FOR DAYS, WARM SERVICE AND BRILLIANT BOUTIQUE SHOPPING
WORDS | NIKI HOPE FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: An exterior shot of the waterfront Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa. J. Burke & Sons Tobacconists carries pipes and fine cigars. Victoria Distillers, producers of Victoria Gin, recently opened a new tasting room and expanded production at its distillery located beside the hotel. Bottom row: Signs of life in Sidney, a quaint seaside town that is rich with bookstores, fresh seafood, art galleries and boutiques.
he oceanfront Sidney Pier Hotel is known locally as Sidney’s “living room,” proving just how much the modern hotel is the heart and hub of this charming seaside town. The recently remodelled oceanfront hotel includes sweeping views of the neigh-
bouring islands. The décor – from lobby to rooms – reflects the soothing natural green and blue tones of lush Pacific Northwest landscapes. Spacious suites include kitchens, living and dining rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and soaker tubs with separate walk-in showers. It’s truly a beautiful, cosy sanctuary to take in the overall relaxed island vibe. And that extends to the service, which comes with the genuine warmth that is second nature to islanders. Walk along the waterfront, located just outside the hotel, and take in the stunning ocean setting, or relax with some pampering at the hotel’s full-service spa. With the holiday season here, it might be the perfect time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland and zip over to Vancouver Island for a chance to appreciate Christmas shopping the old-fashion way. Situated at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, Sidney, affectionately called “Booktown,” is known for its charmmake it a must-visit destination. There are a handful of ownerrun clothing boutiques, with contemporary designer wares. “Sidney has done a great job of distinguishing itself from other small towns because we do have these really highend boutiques, which sometimes people are surprised to see,” explains Donna Petrie, executive director of the Sidney Business Improvement Area. As another bonus, discover customer service that harkens back to the good ol’ days, with shop owners on hand to help customers.
HOTEL PHOTO: ALEX WATSON, ALL OTHERS KELSEY GOODWIN
ing bookstores. But it’s not just the multitude of good reads that
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B e a c o n Av e n u e , t h e t o w n ’ s m a i n
home to the massive Sidney Summer Market,
Must-visit bookstores include Beacon Books,
shopping strip, includes a bounty of well-curated
which is held every Thursday evening and fea-
The Military & History Bookshop, Galleon Books
specialty stores – a cigar shop, a sweet-smelling
tures hundreds of local vendors.
and Antiques, The Haunted Bookshop, The
bakery with steamy windows and smiley children, and world-class art galleries that ship their works
Children’s Bookshop and Tanner’s Books. If headEAT
around the world.
ing to Sidney before the holidays, the main street
Check out casual West Coast dining and the
includes a beautifully curated kids’ store, gift
Sidney is located just east of Victoria
eclectic offerings at the Sidney Pier Hotel’s Haro’s
stores, d.g. bremner & company high-end mens-
International Airport, and about six kilometres
Restaurant & Bar. Take in the freshly caught fish
wear store, acclaimed art galleries, and more.
(four minutes) south of B.C. Ferries Swartz Bay
of the day and treat yourself to the deliciously
(Victoria) Terminal. The town is also the only
tart lemon cheesecake (made with goat cheese,
Canadian port-of-call in the Washington State
for an unbelievably light taste). Visit 108-year-old
Victoria Distillers, producers of Victoria
Ferry system, with ferries running from Sidney to
Sidney Bakery for your morning pastry – if the
Gin, recently opened a new tasting room and
the San Juan Islands and Anacortes.
window selection doesn’t draw you in, the warm,
expanded production at its distillery situated
fragrant scent of fresh baking will.
beside the Sidney Pier Hotel. The waterfront
Sidney’s key attractions are its position on the Salish Sea; the fact that it’s a gateway to the southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and
location is stunning – the breathtaking space SHOP
is matched only by the quality of its spirits and
is also a popular eco-tourist destination, with
It’s called “Booktown” for a reason. Collectors
bitters. If you can’t make the trip to Sidney for a
whale-watching, bird-watching, kayaking and
from all around descend on the second-hand
front-line tasting, it’s worth a visit to your local
scuba-diving available. When the weather warms
bookstores to discover rare gems, but there are
B.C. liquor store to scoop up the beautifully bal-
up, from May to September, Beacon Avenue is
also plenty of the latest contemporary offerings.
anced gin for your next martini party.
Sidney by the Sea
Sidney, BC is the gateway to your Vancouver Island adventure. Below is a suggested itinerary for the getaway to this vibrant seaside town. To fully experience all that Sidney and the surrounding region has to offer you need to spend at least two days to soak it all in.
Rich in history and surrounded in natural beauty, Sidney is the gateway to Vancouver Island. Complete with a vibrant boutique-shopping district (1) and many quaint dining options, you won’t know where to start.
The waterfront in Sidney offers many experiences including the Town’s sculpture walk (2) and historic walking tour. Be sure to visit with local fishermen as you stroll down the iconic Sidney fishing pier (3). Enjoy a tour and tasting of locally produced gin and vodka at Victoria Distillers (4). If you want to visit the nearby wine region, you can do so on your way to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, only a 15-minute drive from Sidney.
If you happen to be visiting during the holiday season, you can enjoy a host of special events including the Sidney Sparkles Parade and Lighted Sail Past (Dec 4), the Sidney Merchants Open House (5-9pm, Dec 2), and the Festival of Trees, just to name a few. Be sure to catch a concert at Mary Winspear Centre, the art & culture hub of Sidney. Sidney is known as Canada’s only Booktown so be sure to peruse the 5 independent bookstores during your visit. If you are bringing little ones, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre aquarium and Sidney Historical Museum both offer a special hands-on experience not to be missed.
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PLAN YOUR TRIP
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Discover the perfect blend of contemporary style and comfort at our oceanfront boutique hotel in the charming town of Sidney-by-the-Sea. Haro’s Restaurant & Bar is renowned for great local food and tranquility is ever present at Haven Spa. Explore nearby Butchart Gardens, visit Victoria Distillers, BC’s only waterfront distillery, and shop the countless unique shops and high end boutiques within walking distance of The Pier. Located 10 minutes from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and Victoria International Airport.
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LA TRADIZIONE DI FAMIGLIA ICONIC NORTH SHORE RESTAURANT GUSTO DI QUATTRO IS MAKING NEW MOVES IN 2017
WORDS | CHRIS DAGENAIS PHOTOS | REBECCA BLISSETT
who did something that we now take for granted? Like the individual who wrested a dirt-covered tuber from the anxious snout of a voracious pig and gave us what we know as the truffle, for instance? In the case of pasta, we still have an opportunity to extend our gratitude
directly. In fact, much of Vancouver owes a debt to Antonio and Edith Corsi, a couple that is arguably among the very first to purvey the sort of authentic, handmade Italian pasta that we consider a dining staple in our city today. When the Corsis launched their original restaupart of our culinary landscape. In fact, in order to realize his culinary vision for honest and accessible Italian fare, Antonio had to head down to Los Angeles to secure a pasta machine because there was simply no such thing available on the local market.
EDITH AND ANTONIO CORSI
rant, Trattoria Corsi, in 1981 at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, pasta was not such an integral
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s we find ourselves in the heart of the rainy season and head towards the holidays, it’s increasingly likely that we’ll find ourselves in need of a warming, seasonal cocktail. Let’s face it, Baileys and
coffee is pretty old-school and uninspired. Instead of going in that sort of traditional direction, we checked in with a couple local experts to fix us up a little somethin’ to stave off any cold, blustery weather or holiday blues. Dave Warren is the bar manager at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar in Squamish, the new hotspot from Araxi veterans chef Jeff Park and restaurant director/sommelier Pat Allan. When heading there to tuck into the restaurant’s seasonal, organic and sustainable, Pacific Northwest-inspired dishes, Warren recommends you start your night out (or finish it off) with his “warm and welcoming Scottish Apple Toddy.” Made with blended scotch whiskey, a splash of fresh lemon juice, and house-made winter spice syrup, it’s topped off with hot apple cider and a classic Islay peaty single malt scotch. Sounds like a holiday party in a glass! Perhaps it’s a little too wintery out there though, and you’d prefer to craft your own winter cocktail at home. We talked Vancouver barman Shaun Layton, who just wrapped up a couple very successful tenures at Vancouver’s Juniper and L’Abattoir, into creating a warming seasonal cocktail especially for North Shore Living readers, featuring a spirit from the North Shore’s very own Sons of Vancouver Distillery. Here’s
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Layton’s Newberry Tea:
WHEN THE TRATTORIA LAUNCHED, THE RESTAURANT had 55 distinct pasta shapes on offer, each incorporated into
traditional recipes drawing mainly from the Italian region of
30 ml Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey
Lazio. With little to no other restaurant players competing in
(Any scotch in a pinch)
capacity by guests from all over the Lower Mainland, contrib-
5 ml Grand Marnier
uting to the growth and development of a principally indus-
10 ml orange blossom honey (Regular honey will do)
trial area that had yet to give rise to Lonsdale Quay Market or
1 Orange Pekoe tea bag
1 piece nutmeg 1 cinnamon stick
Method - Steep tea in hot water in a separate teapot.
this style of cuisine, the Corsis soon found their room filled to
10 ml Sons of Vancouver Amaretto
It is fitting that Gusto di Quattro (the respected institution into which Trattoria Corsi metamorphosed in 2000) is situated at the very foot of the street, serving as the anchor
Add other ingredients to a large mug. Slowly poor tea into
for a now thriving neighbourhood that is largely based on
teacup. Stir to dissolve honey and mix ingredients. Grate
dining. Today, Gusto di Quattro still features a handful of the
fresh nutmeg over top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
revered favourites that cemented the restaurant in the sense
memories of Vancouver diners (dishes like fazzoletti al pesto — Wine consultant Kurtis Kolt, kurtiskolt.com
or linguine di mare), but the rest of the menu is informed by the seasons, giving rise to dishes such as B.C. sablefish
K N I R , D T A ME & BE ITALIAN RESTAURANT Gusto di Quattro has been a North Shore favourite since opening in 2000.
with lemon risotto or a salad of arugula, pine nuts, goat cheese and pear poached in Pinot Grigio. The business is still a family-run operation; Edith operates the front-of-house during the day, Antonio divides his time between the Whistler incarnation of Quattro and the original North Shore location, and their son, Patrick, manages the latter in the evenings. The family has witnessed some of the original Trattoria clientele transform into parents and even grandparents who now introduce new generations of regulars to Gusto. As part of its continued program of evolution and bid to secure its place in the traditions of future diners, Gusto di Quattro will relocate temporarily in late 2017 as the building story edifice. Gusto di Quattro will eventually return to its rightful spot on Lower Lonsdale in a refreshed, larger space upon completion of construction.
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“place of refuge.”
Broche, combines local ingredients and Western cooking styles to create tapas and tasting menus for an intimate meal with plenty of sharing. DO:
Explore Balinese culture, from temples to traditional markets.
AYANA RESORT AND SPA
living | Travel WHEN TO GO Travel April to September to avoid the rainy season, but watch for peak crowds starting in June. Bali is known for its festivals throughout the year. If you can, time your visit to coincide with one of these highlights. AYANA RESORT AND SPA
RICE HARVEST FESTIVAL:
UBUD Away from the beaches, this central Bali town is a hub of traditional artisans and craftspeople, and home to the Royal Palace and Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. STAY: VICEROY BALI
The private helipad makes it easy to arrive at one of the 25 luxury villas, each with its own private pool, at this ridge-top resort overlooking the Valley of the Kings. EAT: LOCAVORE
Book well in advance to snag a table at this fine-dining restaurant where chefs Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah showcase sustainably sourced local ingredients in downtown Ubud. DO:
Shop for local arts and crafts, and attend a performance of LOCAVORE
Festivities to honour the rice goddess at the end of the harvest season include buffalo cart races with colourful decorations, May through June. BALI ARTS FESTIVAL:
A parade kicks off this month-long festival of traditional arts, crafts and dance, giving visitors a daily chance to explore the local culture, June through
This surfing hotspot offers a glimpse into local life along the active
fishing beaches and rolling green rice paddies.
BALI KITE FESTIVAL:
STAY: TUGU BALI
Teams from around
The Puri Le Mayeur Villa has been called the most romantic place
the island compete
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to 30-feet long.
EAT: WAROENG TUGU
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to ask the Hindu
food prepared by Chef Ibu Soelastri, who has cooked for several of
gods to provide a
the festival has
Grab a surfboard and take to the waves, or explore the rice paddies
become a colourful
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AIRPLANE HOUSE INSPIRED BY 1950’S CAR CULTURE n 1960, the Taylor Way interchange on the Upper
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Levels Highway looked radically different than it does today. That year, a local builder named Henry Switzer placed his shocking pink house at 840 Mathers Ave. at the end of Ninth Street. The futuristic-looking house quickly became a North Shore landmark, with locals
referring to it either as the helicopter house, the airplane house, or the Jetson’s house because it appeared to have wings. Even though the house was only there for 11 years, it seems to have resonated with everyone who saw it. “I lived on the same street as the Switzer house,” recalls John Oberhoffner. “I was eight and I cried when they tore it down.”
A DRAWING of the former Henry Swizter airplane-shaped house at 840 Mathers Ave., nearr the Upper Levels and Taylor Way.
Alice Brock says that she and her four brothers called it “the Windmill House” because each wing reminded them
featured swooping rooflines, brightly coloured geometric
of the blade of a windmill. “We would always look for the
shapes, glass, steel and neon.
house when we were driving on the Upper Levels in our ‘54
vated cantilevers supported by a central column where the
The house was a radical experiment designed to be built on a rocky building site or steep slope. Switzer designed it
THE SWITZER HOUSE SHARED MANY OF THE ELEMENTS OF GOOGIE ARCHITECTURE, A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN MOVEMENT BORN OUT OF THE CAR CULTURE OF THE 1950S AND INFLUENCED BY THE SPACE RACE.
at the West Vancouver Museum. It was also the second house of its type that Switzer designed. The first predates it by four years, and although renovated, still exists on Inglewood Avenue in Sentinel Hill. Watanabe organized a West Coast Modern house tour this summer featuring the first Switzer House. “It isn’t elevated like the second one, but the roofline is raised in the middle part of the house and the overall shape looks like
in one afternoon, and once built it attracted attention from
open wings,” she says. “It’s very symmetrical when you look
all over the world.
at the house from the distance.”
The Switzer house shared many of the elements of
Ironically, the house that was built on car culture was
Googie architecture, a southern Californian movement
expropriated and then demolished in 1971 to make way for
born out of the car culture of the 1950s and influenced
the widening of the Upper Levels Highway.
by the space race. Googie was popular among roadside motels, coffee shops and gas stations, and typically
front entrance was located,” says Kiriko Watanabe, curator
ILLUSTRATION BY DOROTHY FOSTER, COURTESY WEST VANCOUVER MUSEUM
Chev Bel-Air,” she says.
“The Switzer house was unusual in design with four ele-
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