Since Vancouver’s EcoDensity Laneway House initiative was launched in 2009, laneway houses have been gaining more and more popularity.Â There are a ton of proposed benefits to these mini-homes (financially, environmentally, economically) but how often are they credited for their beauty and design?
A certain laneway house production company caught my attention:Â Lanefab Design. From what I’ve seen on their website they build pretty amazing mini-homes.Â They also innovate.Â They are the creators of a sustainable, solar powered, rain-water harnessing home called the Net Zero House.Â And it doesn’t look like a giant greenhouse: this little home is stunning.Â Check out their website by clicking the link above.
We’ve also had the chance to shoot some eye-catching laneway houses:
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Interested in Architecture? We’ve actually had the pleasure of shooting houses designed by one of the forerunners of West Coast Modernism: the famous Arthur Erickson.Â Â His house featured today has also been used in the Twilight movies (don’t pretend you haven’t heard of them!) as the home of the main character, Edward Cullen.
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House from the Movie ‘Twilight’- Stevens Drive, West Vancouver
As you’ll notice, this house is built with the nature around the property in mind.Â Wall-length windows, sky-lights and open space are characteristics of West Coast Modernist architecture. The new film Coast Modern explains the idea behind style is to expand into the environment.Â I highly suggest watching the preview to feast your eyes on some stunning home environments shot along the north west coast!
Interested in Architecture?Â We’ve actually had the pleasure of shooting houses designed by one of the forerunners of West Coast Modernism: the famous Arthur Erickson.Â For the next while, we will be posting some gorgeous properties by this architect that have been featured in magazines, movies (and most likely a few coffee-table books) Stay tuned!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
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The Eppich House- Palmerston Ave, West Vancouver
Thoughts on Architecture in BC?
If you haven’t already heard, there’s a pretty exciting new architecture project going through the approval process in Vancouver since early 2012. A dramatic twisting skyscraper pending to be built on Beach and Howe aims to give the Vancouver skyline something interesting to look at besides the mountains. See it here. Haven’t heard too much from the media about it since May, but it does bring to mind the question of BC’s architectural flare. Cities in BC have been criticized for their lack of architecture vibrancy, what do you think?Â Are we missing unique, monumental public structures that can help define us? Is BC’s vibrant architecture found more in the residential neighbourhoods? Tell us your opinion!