The site was essentially site-less, say architects David Battersby and Heather Howat (founders of BattersbyHowat Architects) of their recent West Vancouver residential project. Which is to say, it had a landscape without legacy or the sorts of constraints that have long served as points of inspiration for the iconic hillside houses that dot the West Coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles. There was no rocky outcropping here to inform the shape of the building, no stands of towering coniferous trees, not even a water view. Rather, it had space — a generous 75 metres of frontage in an area where 30 metres is more common — and an inhospitable 45-degree slope that was overrun with brambles and wild blackberries. Was it even developable?

Entrance to Ross Bonetti's Vancouver home by BattersbyHowat

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