Tour Marine House in Canada

Arranged across three levels, Marine House cascades down a sloping site in West Vancouver, uncovering dramatic views across the Strait of Georgia to the Gulf Islands. Against a backdrop of mature trees, Openspace Architecture has woven a sleek modern structure from a series of interlocking terraces and changing levels, united by broad steps and overhangs that reach out into the surrounding landscape. 

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Marine House: a minimalist home with dramatic views

‘We worked closely with the client,’ the architects say, ‘and the collaborative outcome is a minimal, contemporary home with spaces warmed by natural light, texture, and wooden materials.’ The public-facing façade gives little hint of what’s within, with a formal entrance courtyard leading from the carport and gym to a modest single-storey living space with a wooden louvered box above. 

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

The latter is actually a slender beam of accommodation, which houses four generous bedrooms and extends out across the site towards the ocean. The main entrance is flanked by a concrete wall, behind which is a secondary entrance to the utility spaces. Once inside, the Pacific is revealed, with a main living room and kitchen arranged in an L-shape around a generous terrace with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. 

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

Looking back at the house from the pool

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The upper floor cantilevers out across the terrace to create a covered sitting area, while steps lead down towards the shore. At the far end of the sitting room, behind the large fireplace, a covered glass bridge leads up to the separate study room, a secluded sitting and reading space that is treated like a standalone pavilion. 

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

The bridge to the study room

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A staircase also leads down to the principal bedroom suite, with both bedroom and bathroom fitted with large sliding glass corners that open up the spaces to the private terrace, emphasising the sense of sanctuary and detachment from the main house and closer engagement with the landscape. There’s also substantial closet space as well as a mechanical room and general storage. 

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

The main bedroom on the lower level

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Founded by Don Gurney, North Vancouver-based Openspace Architecture describes itself as a boutique architectural and interior design practice that focuses on residential projects. Previous projects include a house threaded through the trees in British Columbia, and all deploy meticulous detail and craftsmanship to make the most of rare and spectacular sites.  

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

The bedroom box cantilevers out across the terrace

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

View from study room looking back towards the main house

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Marine House, West Vancouver, by Openspace Architecture

An aerial view of the terrace and pool

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

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