West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2007
Water's Edge, a residential development on the bank of the Capilano River, establishes an important new residential neighborhood at the eastern edge of West Vancouver. Its overall composition - a five-story villa and two flanking crescents - recalls John Nash's Georgian terraces at Regent's Park, London, while the building's detailing - its arbors, balconies, and pergolas - acknowledge its Pacific Coast context. The crescent buildings follow a bend in the river, creating with the villa a central landscaped courtyard - an ensemble that provides a signature gateway to West Vancouver. A linear courtyard connects to a riverfront terrace along the south facade of the crescent, where private gardens for ground-floor apartments are screened from passers-by enjoying an elegant stroll along the Capilano River Walk.
The apartments are served by some below-grade parking accessed from the southwest corner of the crescent. Hardscape is limited to a single driveway and adjacent sidewalks.