The Point Grey Residence is a unique residential renovation project uniting landscape, architecture, sculptures and site into a seamless whole. Much of the program was deliberately located below grade, under extensive, low maintenance green roofs. These extensive plantings increased the planted area in the rear yard by over 200% from what would have otherwise not been possible. Insulation provided by these green roofs contributes to the energy efficiency of the geothermally heated home and pool below, increasing the amount of surplus clean energy that is added to the local energy grid. To reduce the environmental and social costs of the stone used on site, all the project stone was quarried in North America. LED lighting and drip irrigation further contribute to ongoing site energy and water use efficiency.
The architecture and landscape were developed in tandem to eliminate the programmatic definition between adjacent interior and exterior areas. Moving through the terraced site, architectural and landscape spaces are drawn into one another continuing across ‘traditional’ threshold transition points. This common programmatic and experiential vision was defined early in the project and facilitated via frequent collaborative interdisciplinary design meetings. Site constraints such as existing driveway ramp were taken as opportunities to transform the spaces into landscape elements like cascading water features and art installations.
Natural horizons in the field of view are reflected in linear forms of weathering steel, stone, water and glass. The material palette is soundly anchored within the surrounding west coast maritime landscape and is enriched through textural variation and attention to detail. The landscape blends seamlessly with the ocean beyond and is enhanced by the Canadian limestone that forms a continuous surface through the terrace and pool stairs.
Photography credit: Nic Lehoux
Additional Project Credits:
Architect: Measured Architecture Inc. General Contractor: Murray Sims Construction Ltd. Landscape Contractor: Fossil Project Services Ltd. Interiors Contractor: Westside Projects Pool Contractor: Alka Pools Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp Structural Engineers Plants: R & H Nursery, East Richmond Nurseries, Rain Forest Nursery Inc. Soils: Soprema, Eco-Soil Hardscape: Adera Natural Stone Supply, Granco Masonry Ltd. Lighting: Lightform, Light Resource, iLed, BK Lighting Drainage/Erosion: Murray Sims Construction Ltd. Fences/Gates/Walls: Drabek Technologies, Turner Exhibits, Epic Metalworks, Abercrombie Automation Irrigation: Fossil Project Services Ltd. Structures: Epic Metalworks Green Roofs/Living Walls: Soprema