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Boat trips to the San Juan Islands were the highlight of Heliotrope principal Joe Herrin’s summers as a child.  Through these trips he developed a love of boating and a deep connection to the San Juans - one that eventually led he and his wife Belinda to purchase a modest beach cabin on Orcas Island, months after the birth of their first daughter. ...
Project name
Buoy Bay A-Frame
Architecture firm
Joe Herrin, Principal at Heliotrope Architects
Location
Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Photography
Sean Airhart
The Organic Orb is a stunning modern villa that embodies the essence of nature in its unique and captivating design. Inspired by the organic, flowing forms of an egg, this tiny house is a testament to the beauty of simplicity and minimalism.
Project name
The Organic Orb
Architecture firm
Rabani Design
Location
Vancouver, Canada
Tools used
Midjourney AI, Adobe Photoshop
Located in the municipality of Whistler, BC, Alpenglow is a 7,300 sf home that serves as a “super natural” complement to the cacophonous, everyday life of its owners. Designed for art-collecting clients from New York City, the spaces act as lens pieces into the natural surroundings of British Columbia, providing a nourishing contrast that they woul...
Project name
Alpenglow
Architecture firm
Openspace Architecture
Location
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Photography
Russell Dalby
The project site straddles the interstice between a suburban residential neighbourhood and West Vancouver’s natural stony seashore. Positioned on an expanded border between land and sea, the building form references the creatures that occupy this interstitial territory, whose physiology has adapted to such challenging conditions. In the same spirit...
Project name
Liminal House
Architecture firm
Design firm: McLeod Bovell Modern Houses
Location
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Photography
Hufton + Crow
For over 3 years, Olympic athlete Jake Wetzel and his wife Sigrid have been working on an extensive renovation of their historic home. This small residence in Kamloops, BC began life in 1934 as a small 1,000 square foot bungalow complete with a partial dugout basement on a steeply sloped site.
Project name
Clarke Street Residence
Architecture firm
Twobytwo Architecture Studio
Location
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Photography
Hayden Pattullo
Located on a steep and technically challenging site in West Vancouver, the Sunset House is designed to capture immediate views of heavy marine traffic and the open sea to the west. The irregular shape of the sites boundaries align with the edge of the house and culminate in a substantial blinder which provided privacy from adjacent properties.
Project name
Sunset House
Architecture firm
McLeod Bovell Modern Houses (Design firm)
Location
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Photography
Ema Peter, Martin Tessler
Nestled away in the Kootenay mountain range, this compact ski cabin aims at connecting family members to each other and to the unbound natural landscape that surrounds it. The entire design process was very much family-oriented. Home owner, Sandra Bassett employed her sister and brother-in-law of Twobytwo Architecture Studio to design a cabin where...
Project name
Columbia River Valley Lookout
Architecture firm
Twobytwo Architecture Studio
Location
Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Photography
Hayden Pattullo