Nanton House

Vancouver, British Columbia
4-Level New Build
9,700 sqft
Architectural Collaborators
wiedemann architectural
Photo and video
latreille photography

The Nanton Residence is a modern brick home located in Vancouver, Canada. Designed for a large multi-generational family, this residence makes a bold statement from its position on a highly visible corner lot next to Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway. The house is a collaborative project between Wiedemann Architectural and an emerging studio, BLA Design Group. The practise of BLA Design Group is built around an approach to architecture in which each project is led by the unique conditions of both the local and site-specific context, as well as the idiosyncratic needs of each client. The Nanton residence embodies these objectives as it comprises a series of large terraces which integrate into a long sloping site, and feature sweeping views westward over Vancouver

Heavy and robust, the durable four-level home is embedded deep into the site. The design manages to reduce the home’s scale as it appears from the street, while still having a large and open floor plan with direct access to the large rear yard. Three floors rise fully above the ground facing the rear yard, while window wells and a large sunken patio bring light deep into the other half of the open floor plan. The roof form is clearly outlined by stepping terraces, positioned to provide an extension of the interior spaces and to take full advantage of the view. The home features two entrances; one from each street frontage. The primary entry enters the main foyer on the lower portion of the site, underneath an extensive green roof.

The secondary entry is accessed from the high side of the site and is accessed across a long steel bridge that floats above a sunken patio. Durability and low maintenance were high priority considerations in the design process, as this project is meant to last a long time. The clients’ need for a highly durable façade led to a selection of brick which wraps the entire home. This brick provides a beautifully textured backdrop that catches the varying conditions of Vancouver’s unique weather and light. Black metal details wrap the terrace and soffits; metal frames also protrude from double-height windows to highlight their shape, creating playful shadows along the façade that move throughout the day.

First Floor
Second Floor
Third Floor
Cross Section

01 - elevator

02 - mechanical

03 - mechanical

04 - wine

05 - powder

06 - laundry

07 - storage

08 - theatre

09 - sound control

01 - entry
02 - mudroom
03 - office
04 - living
05 - kitchen
06 - nook
07 - prep kitchen
08 - dining
09 - powder
10 - elevator
11 - outdoor patio
12 - garage
13 - basketball court
14 - outdoor dining
01 - elevator
02 - wet bar
03 - bedroom
04 - bathroom
05 - closet
06 - bedroom
07 - bathroom
08 - bedroom
09 - bathroom
10 - games
11 - study
12 - outdoor terrace
01 - elevator
02 - bedroom
03 - bathroom
04 - master bedroom
05 - master closet
06 - master bathroom
07 - master terrace