Vancouver’s property market is better known for its soaring prices and high demand than its midcentury modernism, but there are jewels to be found. Case in point? Arthur Erickson’s sculptural Catton House in West Vancouver, which has listed for CAD $4.798m and feels as modern today as when the final nail was hammered into place in 1968.
Catton House is a prime example of Erickson’s innovative, site-specific approach to architecture that blends with the landscape rather than dominating it. The rhomboid-shaped home was designed for his friends, Tuffy and Don Catton and perches on stilts above a tree-covered bluff.
Rich cedar cladding blends the Vancouver property into the terrain, while its planks are orientated in different directions to break up the monotony of the facade and highlight its unusual shapes.
Angles continue inside the four-bedroom home, where the pitch of the roof is echoed in the living room’s stone fireplace. The primary bedroom is on the main level, as well as the kitchen and dining area – all of which have far-reaching views out towards the Salish Sea.
These views are, however, best enjoyed from the wrap-around terrace, which can be accessed from sliding glass doors off the kitchen.
Three more bedrooms are located on the upper floor, with a studio and utility on the lower level.
Catton House is offered by Trent Rodney of West Coast Modern.