West Coast Modern week was back in 2023, running from July 5th – 10th. Presented by British Pacific Properties and the West Vancouver Art Museum, the weeklong event celebrated modern architecture and design that pays tribute to the West Coast and its unique topography. Known the world over for its pristine and abundant natural beauty – lush rainforests and mountainous terrain with the Pacific Ocean at its feet, the West Coast presents a unique (and uniquely challenging) landscape for architecture.

The week’s events were presented by the West Vancouver Art Museum, which included an itinerary of panel discussions from a multi-disciplinary group of design and architecture experts; two film screenings; a poolside cocktail party at a private residence; the Annual Barry Downs Lecture Series with a presentation by Dr. Michael Prokopow; the 16th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour and Afterparty; and a private West Coast jazz concert featuring the Cory Weeds Sextet.

Sewel’s Landing Apartment & Sanctuary Boathouse, furnished by Livingspace Interiors

One of the properties to take centre stage at this year’s West Coast Modern Week was the Sewell’s Landing Apartment & Sanctuary Boathouse at Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, furnished by Livingspace Interiors. The stunning property has the interesting characteristics of southern exposure and great access to light while also boasting glorious views up Howe Sound to the north.

Conceptualized as an extension of the Horseshoe Bay village, the project’s design inspiration comes from its West Coast marine setting, influenced by architects Arthur Erickson, Ron Thom, Fred Hollingsworth, and Ned Pratt. It was built around themes concerning locality, community, waterfront, and continuity.