Architecturally Stunning Custom Home on Lochside Drive

Article by Michelle Heslop. Photos courtesy of Engel & Völkers.

A stunning architectural design by Peter Johannknecht of Cascadia Architects, in collaboration with Chris Foyd and Geoffery Wong, Directors of 519 Design+Build, this luxury waterfront home on Lochside Drive embraces the organic lines of its natural surroundings and creates a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Set on an acre of waterfront property, this modern marvel captures the mutable nature of the Haro Straight from the living area’s striking double-high, floor-to-ceiling glass wall.

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Influenced by the home’s proximity to the Victoria airport and the shape of a gull’s wings in flight, Foyd and Johannknecht designed a simple wave-like interpretation for the roofline, but it was the client’s own bold alucobond cladding work that really gave it the striking aircraft edge wing look. Set in an exclusive gated community, the home capitalizes on the sweeping views of the Pacific and boasts an inspiring west coast design scheme.

Both European architects, Foyd, a Canadian educated, Danish registered architect andJohannknecht, a German educated, Canadian registered architect, deviated slightly from their typical Northern European functionalist modernism to reflect the client’s love of big and bold. Foyd adds that, “we came up with a simple design and the client added his own dramatic touches with features like the cantilevered island, for example.”

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Tearing down a dated 1970’s McMansion, the client’s goal was to build a modern luxury home with dramatic features that would capitalize on the views. After creating multiple designs for the client to choose from, they decided on this 4,900 square-foot, five bedroom design with ample room for a family and a separate two bedroom dwelling for in-laws or guests. “With two specialized architects like Foyd and Johannknecht, this modern design has many European features that you don’t always see on the west coast. It really is architecturally stunning,” says real estate agent, Scott Piercyof Engel and Völkers.

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Considering their modernist approach, the architects sought to create a simple design to maintain a consistent aesthetic throughout the home. “Our goal is to establish a strong central idea that carries all the way through the design,” states Foyd.

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Overlooking the infinity pool and hot tub, a double-high glass wall in the living area floods the house with natural light and blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living. A variety of natural wood materials used throughout the house echoes the surrounding organic palette and balances the cool, modern aesthetic.

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The open-plan kitchen offers a unique cantilevered island, custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, top of the line stainless steel appliances and a chic Dacor gas range with Faber hood fan.

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Off the kitchen, a glass-encased wine cellar and a fully wired media room bring additional luxury to this property.Piercy adds that, “the home seamlessly merges an elegant, modern style with classic family amenities such as an upper-level offering three bedrooms, a luxurious master bedroom with ensuite and two additional bedrooms for children or guests.

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Unique to this design, Foyd and Johannknecht used an airtight and weather resistant curtain wall glazing system on the double-high glass which is rare to see in residential homes. Heavy hardwood floors absorb the sun’s heat during the day to provide a passive solar heating system. “If it gets too warm the homeowners have the ability to naturally vent that heat gain with the home’s east/west orientation,” states Foyd.

A versatile design, “this home would suit a family, or with stairs direct to the beach and luxury amenities like the infinity pool, the home transforms into an ideal recreational property for a couple,” says Piercy. An idyllic location on the Peninsula, this luxury waterfront estate is close to all amenities: Sidney, Royal Oak and just a short drive to the local farms, restaurants and wineries.