Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
New York-based architect Robert A.M. Stern has accumulated a vast portfolio over the span of his career and is responsible for some of the tallest buildings in the United States. The accomplished architect has also designed some of the most elegant and classically inspired new homes including the recently listed 18,000 square foot French-inspired chateau belonging to rocker Jon Bon Jovi. We were pleasantly surprised to find a project of his close to home on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island in the Strait of Georgia. Architect Robert A.M. Stern collaborated with architects Grant F. Marani and John Gilmer to create a substantial shingle style coastal retreat. Project partner, architect Grant Marani described the project, “For the main residence, we conceived a U-shaped design to allow the house to wrap around an entrance courtyard providing shelter from the strong, often cold, prevailing southerly winds. A boathouse on Long Harbour, a teahouse to the west and adjacent to the entrance drive overlooking Ganges Harbour, and a spa pavilion situated at the south end of the Point connect back to the main house and offer the owners additional spaces to relax and entertain.” Architect John Gilmer designed the 12,000 square foot interior for a large, active family with enough space for their guests and extended family. Gilmer revealed, “The interior detailing represents a modern interpretation of the English Arts and Crafts movement. An eclectic mix of antiques and custom pieces, along with the Client’s growing collection of Pacific Northwest art, creates an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. A restrained palette of materials, color and fabric contribute to the modern take on traditional style.” The substantial summer home is located at the southerly tip of Scott Point, a narrow peninsula, providing a secluded spot with panoramic views.
Stern received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1960 and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University in 1965. Several decades later he served as the dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1998 to 2016. He has also been involved in several project for Walk Disney World and served on the board of the Walt Disney Company from 1992 – 2003. Photography by Peter Aaron.