If you picked up our Designers of the Year issue this September, you know this house well. The designer, RUFproject, recently won the Arthur Erickson Award and one of the cornerstones of their entry was this stunning house in Vancouver's Dunbar neighbourhood. I actually cycle past it every time I go on a big road ride out to UBC (which sadly means I've cycled past it twice in 5 months). It's a stunner. And a few weeks ago I noticed it's for sale. For $10,000,000.
The designer, Sean Pearson, had been working in London when the chance to return back to Canada and design a bespoke house on Salt Spring lured him home. Since that time he's done a series of innovative residences (you can read WL's profile of him here), but this showstopper on a staid street takes the cake. For starters it's on a standard Dunbar 50 x125 foot lot, and notwithstanding it's dramatic facade, it actually blends in with the neighbours a whole lot better than some of the 1980's McMansions that dot the area.
Even in $10,000,000 is a big number for a house that's "only" 4,400 sq/ft and 4 bedrooms, on a standard-sized lot on what would be described as a regular street in Dunbar. But if you're after usability over size, style as oppose to flask and you're seriously wealthy—well then, maybe? Scroll through these pictures (taken by the amazing Andrew Latreille Architectural Photography) and tell me you couldn't imagine yourself shacking up here.
Weirdly if you look at the photos in the house listing it appears that it's unfurnished and has never been lived in, but the below give an idea of the sort of fabulous (if minimalist) life one might live in this joint.