Recently I had a chance to visit Baldwin House on Deer Lake in Burnaby, designed by Arthur Erickson and finished in 1965. Currently the house is owned and managed by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia and is available for short term rentals.
The house description:
A cohesive expression of simple orthogonal lines and ultimate transparency, this structure reduces the idea of post and beam west coast modernism to its most refined elements. A fine example of the evolving talent of Erickson’s earlier work, this house is a landmark modern house in Burnaby and is unique in terms of sitting context.
Only a single storey of this two storey house is visible from the road, as it is built into the hillside in response to its steep site and proximity to Deer Lake. Like many other Erickson designs, this structure was conceived as a pavilion. Constructed of glass and wood, its transparency facilitates visual access to the lake’s edge, acting as an invitation, rather than a barrier, to the landscape. The house blends into the natural surroundings and the site includes other man-made landscape features such as a reflecting pool.
The refined and purposeful design, transparency, openness of plan and adjacency to the lake combine to give the house a floating appearance at the water’s edge.
Below are more of my images - you can enlarge them by clicking on individual images. Works nicely for the panoramas:
Here is a lovely article on Baldwin House in BC Mag.
An article with quite a few images on Designkultur.