Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

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A strong creative streak runs through the Pacific Northwest and is on vibrant display in these spaces, featured in the pages of Dwell and on Dwell.com. Here, we venture beyond the region's major cities—Seattle, Portland and Vancouver—to see how design is flourishing in out-of-the-way places.

A-frame cabin in Whistler, Vancouver; Architects: Scott and Scott Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

A-frame cabin in Whistler, Vancouver; Architects: Scott and Scott

Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver

Modern home with Exterior, House, Cabin Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. Perched over a cliff face, the hooded deck of the Gambier Residence reads like a ship’s prow over Howe Sound, the scenic waters near Vancouver. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

Perched over a cliff face, the hooded deck of the Gambier Residence reads like a ship’s prow over Howe Sound, the scenic waters near Vancouver.

A Whistler A-Frame | British Columbia, Canada

Scott & Scott Architects design an outdoorsy Vancouver family’s dream cabin Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

A Whistler A-Frame | British Columbia, Canada

Scott & Scott Architects design an outdoorsy Vancouver family’s dream cabin

Modern home with Living Room and Sofa. In the living area, a Ligne Roset sofa accompanies a vintage Adolf Loos coffee table. The 2003 photograph Pond Garden is by Stephen Waddell. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

In the living area, a Ligne Roset sofa accompanies a vintage Adolf Loos coffee table. The 2003 photograph Pond Garden is by Stephen Waddell.

Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver

The interior of the Museum of Anthropology, created by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

The interior of the Museum of Anthropology, created by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson.

Modern home with Exterior, House, Shingles Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. The whole exterior of the home, including the trim, is painted Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore for a monochromic, quiet look. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

The whole exterior of the home, including the trim, is painted Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore for a monochromic, quiet look.

The textures and colors found in nature often help to inform both our collections and our approach to our lookbooks. Here, the beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver provide a dramatic backdrop. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

The textures and colors found in nature often help to inform both our collections and our approach to our lookbooks. Here, the beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver provide a dramatic backdrop.

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Front Yard, and Trees. The backyard’s emphasis on nature is mirrored in the front of the home, which also underwent extensive landscaping by Considered Design. The owners and Parish wanted to “tone everything down” and turn the home into a backdrop for a natural setting. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

The backyard’s emphasis on nature is mirrored in the front of the home, which also underwent extensive landscaping by Considered Design. The owners and Parish wanted to “tone everything down” and turn the home into a backdrop for a natural setting.

“The sunsets over the cliffs behind our backyard are beautiful, operatic events, even when the weather is bad. It’s amazing that someone built such a nondescript house on this sublime site. Since the foundations are crumbling, we plan to demolish this home and rebuild one that fully takes advantage of the location. We converted the attic space into a bedroom, and it’s really incredible: The whole area is open and reflects the layout of the home below it.” Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

“The sunsets over the cliffs behind our backyard are beautiful, operatic events, even when the weather is bad. It’s amazing that someone built such a nondescript house on this sublime site. Since the foundations are crumbling, we plan to demolish this home and rebuild one that fully takes advantage of the location. We converted the attic space into a bedroom, and it’s really incredible: The whole area is open and reflects the layout of the home below it.”

Modern home with Exterior and House. In Vancouver’s Strathcona district, two side-by-side lots now hold seven residences—thanks to a thoughtful renovation of a pair Edwardian houses and the addition of a laneway, or alley, building by Shape Architecture. The team salvaged as much 120-year-old siding as they could for use on the street-facing facades. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

In Vancouver’s Strathcona district, two side-by-side lots now hold seven residences—thanks to a thoughtful renovation of a pair Edwardian houses and the addition of a laneway, or alley, building by Shape Architecture. The team salvaged as much 120-year-old siding as they could for use on the street-facing facades.

Each of the residences has outdoor space attached to it; the family’s unit has a roof deck. In 

lieu of a green roof is a galvanized tub filled with grasses—a collaboration between the architects 

and landscape architecture firm space2place. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

Each of the residences has outdoor space attached to it; the family’s unit has a roof deck. In

lieu of a green roof is a galvanized tub filled with grasses—a collaboration between the architects

and landscape architecture firm space2place.

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, and Side Yard. The “mid-ground” between the three structures serves as a community hub. Dick takes advantage of the site’s shared bicycle storage and its proximity to a popular bike lane. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

The “mid-ground” between the three structures serves as a community hub. Dick takes advantage of the site’s shared bicycle storage and its proximity to a popular bike lane.

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. The laneway house features Kentwood engineered-wood floors, Cascadia windows, and aluminum-bar grating. The Eames DAX chair is vintage. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

The laneway house features Kentwood engineered-wood floors, Cascadia windows, and aluminum-bar grating. The Eames DAX chair is vintage.

VIVA Vancouver, a city-run organization dedicated to promote walking and spending time outdoors in downtown Vancouver, sponsored a design competition for an outdoor seating arrangement. The winning design, Urban Reef, offers passersby myriad ways to relax in the streets of Vancouver. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

VIVA Vancouver, a city-run organization dedicated to promote walking and spending time outdoors in downtown Vancouver, sponsored a design competition for an outdoor seating arrangement. The winning design, Urban Reef, offers passersby myriad ways to relax in the streets of Vancouver.

With its proximity to both water and mountains, Vancouver makes for a wonderful getaway destination.

Photo by: João Canziani Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

With its proximity to both water and mountains, Vancouver makes for a wonderful getaway destination.

Photo by: João Canziani

The entire 800-block of downtown Robson Street will be open as an Urban Reef, 24 hours a day, through September 1, 2014. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest modern home

The entire 800-block of downtown Robson Street will be open as an Urban Reef, 24 hours a day, through September 1, 2014.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, and Trees. In the backyard, Kunigk “montaged” what she admired in the work of John Pawson, Tadao Ando, and Piet Oudolf, the Dutch garden designer who collaborated on landscaping for New York’s High Line. She plans to reconfigure the plantings again with the landscape designer Rina Zweig, who worked on the front yard. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

In the backyard, Kunigk “montaged” what she admired in the work of John Pawson, Tadao Ando, and Piet Oudolf, the Dutch garden designer who collaborated on landscaping for New York’s High Line. She plans to reconfigure the plantings again with the landscape designer Rina Zweig, who worked on the front yard.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. Resident Misha Bukowski plays with young Zachary in the walkway between the renovated buildings. The new units are clad in stained local cedar. Photo  of Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

Resident Misha Bukowski plays with young Zachary in the walkway between the renovated buildings. The new units are clad in stained local cedar.

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