This Front Elevation of the stunning Fraser River Residence illustrates the unique lateral orientation of the low-slung property and elegant curved shingle roofs

 

This sweeping and elegant home on the Fraser Riverfront is proudly influenced by the great shingle-style waterfront homes of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Blessed with an expansive frontage, this allowed us the luxury to stretch the home laterally across the site in a manner not often possible in the City. Exceptionally broad overhangs met with curved roof lines give the home a low-slung and grounded presence. The Fraser River Residence has at once great simplicity and stature, borne of the careful repetition of classically derived motifs and elemental forms. As with many of our projects at Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors Inc., the apparent formality of the exterior is belied by the open and breezy quality of the interior. This is a home completely designed around casual family living. Spaces flow gently from one to another, with subtle changes in ceiling height adding a sense of zone differentiation and a processional feeling of movement through the home.

 

The Rear of the Fraser River Residence with expanses of sliding doors & windows allows light into the interior, while enhancing the harmonious connection with the outdoors and the charming Fraser River View

 

Wide expanses of glass and banks of sliding doors that open up to 24 feet wide brighten the interior and connect the inside to the riverfront outside. This home lies within a unique Zoning District with it’s own “design guideline” wherein the architectural design must prove to be harmonious with it’s surroundings through a rigorous “design review” process. In this lengthy process approval of the proposed design must be sought from both City Planners and neighbours. This is a specialty of our firm… gaining the approval of disparate groups through great design and skillful communication.


As our business is growing and our projects deal with increasingly complex design, we are looking to hire an intermediate level architect, Intern Architect or Architectural Graduate, to join our team. We have a significant load of new homes and renovations on the boards and require an experienced home designer who is comfortable and competent working in both traditional and contemporary idioms. The candidate must be able to take projects from start to finish, including pre-design, design, client meetings, preparation of permit drawings/construction documents, and contract administration. The candidate must have excellent verbal and written English skills and must enjoy one on one interaction with homeowner clients.

Who we are looking for:
An individual with at least 3-5 years experience in single family home design. Familiarity with City of Vancouver RS zones and the permitting process is a must. Someone who likes to learn, is passionate about architecture and understands and believes that the nuts and bolts of how we build and detail our work is intimately tied to its design objectives. You are a team player, disciplined and responsible for your own activities but always willing to lend a hand and share what you know when and where the opportunity arises. You accept that stress is a part of any work environment and that humour and humility are important tools in making life just a bit better.

Required skills:

  • Must have completed a professional degree in architecture.
  • Must be registered with the AIBC, or eligible to be registered in the province of British Columbia.
  • An excellent understanding of Vectorworks (VW 2012 or higher).
  • SketchUp
  • Ability to use Adobe CS.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • General knowledge of VBBL and BCBC
  • Interest in sustainable design

What we offer employees:
We offer our employees a friendly work environment where everyone supports each other. We have a competitive benefits and salary package and support continuing education. Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and education.

Please send samples of work, resume and cover letter (max. 10 MB) to careers@prosearchitect.ca No calls, please.

Exquisite quality stone creates a border to represent water around the main living areas, representing the presence of “Health and Wealth” in the brand new home.

This interior space exudes elegant simplicity at the Angus Estate, a 10,000 sq foot luxury home located in Shaughnessy, Vancouver, one of Peter Rose Architecture+Interiors Inc.’s recent Interior Design projects. The design concept is neither ‘modern’ or minimalist, but celebrates refined Classicism inspired by the best in the Art Deco tradition. Clean straight lines are adopted with minimal ornamentation, resulting in a five-star luxury that radiates throughout the home. One of the unique and culturally sensitive features of the home is the incorporation of a stone perimeter representing ‘water’ to suggest the presence of “Health and Wealth” entering the home.  An exquisite quality stone applied under the home’s window sills to represent water is used to create a border along the main living areas and form a unique moat or perimeter river bed that flows throughout the house.

The inclusion of original commissioned artwork by a local artist gives a colorful focus to the Classically inspired Grand Living Area

The property’s original low ceiling posed a challenge in the renovation, but has been overcome with use of low baseboard heights and minimal ceiling drops to help create a sense of height and lightness in the Grand Living space. Interior casings, baseboard and trim add to a vocabulary that is consistent throughout the home interior and is in harmony with the overall clean aesthetic. To brighten up the Main Living area, a renowned local artist has been commissioned to produce exclusive artwork pieces specifically tailored to the style and aesthetic of the home decor and home’s owner. The well appointed furnishings and classical clean lines of this palatial home are a grand celebration of refined Classicism, Health and Wealth, to reflect a grand home and owner with luxurious style and discerning taste.

The Gravity House’s dynamic inverted roof design playfully expresses ideas of flight that reach heavenward to touch the sky.

 

Located at the University Endowment Lands, the ”Gravity House” utilizes an inverted roof design to playfully express ideas of flight and reaching skyward. By allowing rain to be caught in its inverted slopes, water is diverted to the centre of the roof.

The side elevation of the ‘Gravity House’ clearly shows the inverted slopes of the elegant ‘butterfly’ roof that give the property a bold and distinctively modern character.

 

Once caught, it flows to protruding beams at either ends to be channeled ceremonially down decorative rain chains to the ground. Conversely, sunny days allow light to penetrate throughout the house while allowing the roof to hover.

 

The rear elevation shows the “openable corner” that extends from the Family Room out onto the elegant wrap around patio and fully workable back yard.

 

One of the primary challenges faced by Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc. was making optimal use of the site, an odd triangular shaped lot. This problem was overcome by the introduction of an “openable corner” from the main Family Room along with a spacious wrap around patio, providing the client with an elegant space to entertain and have full use of the backyard.

 

The front facade of the recently completed ‘Gravity House’- this ultra modern luxury home now graces the University Endowment Lands with its grand presence.

 

The sense of lightness and space is felt throughout the home, enhanced by the introduction of other unique features including the large central skylight that draws light to the middle of the house, and the strategic use of the terrace to act as the roof of the basement.  A delightful case of modern expression in flight!

 

 

Side and Front elevations of the First Shaughnessy home

Drawn to the historic charm of First Shaughnessy’s well-heeled neighbourhood, our clients wanted to develop a custom home of their own that would blend into the district’s heritage character, yet embody its own distinct identity and personality. This project called for the demolition of a modest 1950s or 60s aging bungalow to be replaced by a grand craftsman style house, compliant with the new heritage preservation guidelines detailed in the First Shaughnessy District Historic Style Manual introduced by the City of Vancouver in 2015.

 

Model of the house surrounded by the Edenic garden landscape

 

After several client consultations and detailed research into the area, a strong design rationale evolved.  The plan addressed the District’s urban design guidelines; a document inspired by the early 20th century “Garden City Movement” that advocated the formation of planned self-contained communities surrounded by greenbelts containing proportionate areas of residences, gardens and industry. In addition, the guidelines underscored the need to retain heritage elements and materials common to homes in the area.

For Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc. these guidelines reflected a unique understanding of humanity’s relationship to nature, an Edenic narrative that clearly expressed the intimate and joyful relationship between man and his environment.  This meant a special marriage between the house and its site; a place where each had a voice capable of influencing the other … a place where the boundaries between house and garden could dissolve, and a melding of both worlds might occur.

 

The impressive façade acknowledges a powerful presence and yet sits still behind a veil of layered and well placed landscaping.

 

The front elevation is an impressive façade that acknowledges a powerful presence and yet sits still behind a veil of layered and well placed landscaping.  A red maple welcomes and embraces those at the entry gate.  Its red leaf canopy a shelter and filter to the world beyond; a foreshadowing of the eyebrow dormer and red entry door just beyond.

 

The interior living area is effectively expanded with the removal of visible boundaries between the indoors and lush outdoor garden.

 

Working closely with a landscape architect, the Eden inspired design slowly revealed itself. Upon combined discovery and sensitivity to the heavily vegetated site, the home’s interior space and outlook was expanded with the introduction of a elegant garden deck that flows directly into the grand living area. The two spaces are connected through a series of wide diagonally oriented glass windows and doors, effectively removing the boundaries between the interior rooms and the lush outdoors.

All in all, the design has resulted in an expression of wholeness, or holiness if you will, embodied in this luxurious custom home based on the Eden narrative. Paradise found in First Shaughnessy.

 

 

 

The magnificent cantilevered Sky Altar brings a touch of majesty to this stunning waterfront site on Mayne Island

 

It was not long before Vancouver Island’s publication The Times Colonist noticed that the beauty of Italy had manifested itself along the West Coast, in the form of a magnificent Tuscan Villa on Mayne Island.

Marrying the finest in traditional European materials with modern panache, Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc.’s 2,600 square foot Mediterranean inspired vacation home was completed in Spring 2015. This luxury island vacation home includes unique features and elegant details that encompass lofty exposed timber ceilings and a 4.6 metre tower overlooking a lush Mediterranean landscape. The entranceway captures a sense of a different era, as a stone colonade surrounding a charming inner courtyard leads you into the heart of a cluster of stone clad buildings and the grand open concept living area, where floor to ceiling sliders open out onto a majestic overhanging ‘Sky Altar’ deck to showcase the breathtaking water views.

 

The stunning villa shows off fine Italian imported finishes and landscaping details that enhance the setting of this perfect Mediterranean Island Retreat

Exposed Timber beams and the vast picture window add space and luxury to the open concept living area

 

 

Sliders from the Main building open onto a spacious outdoor deck and Sky Altar that provide ample room for entertainment and relaxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about the design and construction of this Italian beauty in the The Times Colonist article here.

Sometimes when you design you have to think in colour. These quick colour studies show the dramatic differences that a splash of paint can have on defining the presence of a house.

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Section cut through the pool

We take the ground for granted. It is that solid surface perpetually beneath our feet. What happens when that line dissolves? Our client approached us with a unique challenge. He wanted to maintain and enhance his extensive back garden while adding an indoor pool complex to his West Side estate. Pools are notorious for swallowing large portions of backyards. It became quickly apparent that this entire project had to be considered holistically.  Architecture, nature, landscape, and interior had to unite as one.

The problem was set and the solution revolved around the notion of placing the pool underground while allowing the roof of the pool to form the terrace of the garden. Unfortunately the idea of a pool underground leads one to think of a dark bunker. To resolve this we wanted to bring natural light from above. This was resolved by creating a large centralized opening with skylight above. At grade terraces flow around the skylight to the garden.  There are implicit references to the Roman baths in Bath where again you have a centralized opening above the water flanked by raised walkway.

In our case as you approach from a distance, all you see is a terrace with a skylight on it. It is not immediately apparent that there is any relationship other than being a structure in the garden. It is only once you get close to the skylight and look through it that you realize that what you had presumed was ground isn’t .Terra firma is questioned.  You realize that below the garden lies another world hidden and what you were walking on is not what you thought it was. Alternatively, at night the hidden becomes overt. Darkness envelops the garden while the purity of the glass centre radiates a warm light that seeps from the world below.

Experientially we imagine doing the backstroke and looking up through the ground. The blue sky is framed by the skylight above. The tops of tall cedar trees that ring the perimeter of the property can be seen to almost support the pane of azure above.  The semicircle of the hot tub is wrapped in a veil of stones. Falling from the ceiling around the entire perimeter is a fountain. Water washes down the stones as if they have been worn smooth from some unknown stream above.

 

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Looking up through the skylight with semi circular fountain wall.

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