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B.C. Apartments by BattersbyHowat

by Christopher Macdonald

In both the emergence and ensuing development of a modern architectural idiom in Canada's Pacific Northwest, designs for the detached family home have served an important role as crucibles of exploration and research.

New materials and building technologies have been allied with challenges to conventional social habit, while the rugged terrain, lush vegetation, and benign climate have provided a profound measure to the artifice of design.

The domestic projects of BattersbyHowat fully embrace this tradition and bear witness to the potential of 'patient searching' to discover experiences of uncommon poise. David Battersby and Heather Howat consistently produce compositions possessing at once clarity and suggestive potential — what might be thought of as domestic topographies.

The Vue at Kitsilano

A speculative development prominently located opposite Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, this multi-family building contains four residential units. Each suite occupies an entire floor. The long, narrow mid-block site has a north-orientated view towards the ocean and Stanley Park peninsula, but is overlooked by adjacent properties to the east and west.   >>>

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This article is excerpted from BattersbyHowat edited by Brian Carter, copyright © 2013, with permission of the publisher, Tuns Press.
 

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BattersbyHowat designed the four-story, four-unit residential building at 2386 Cornwall Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Built on an infill lot with distant water views, the main vertical structure of 2386 Cornwall is a series of staggered concrete walls that provide privacy from adjacent buildings while framimg glimpses of Kitsilano Beach, English Bay, and the nearby cityscape.
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