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Designing the Modern House: Contemporary Asian Waterfront Homes

Updated: Apr 17

Evolution of Residential Design

The process of luxury home design begins before anything is drawn as I explain in my article "Your Architect Needs To Do These FOUR Things Before Drawing ANYTHING", but inspiration is a powerful drug that can motivate you and help you establish what your direction will be - what you like. As a modern house architect, I use advanced visualization software to explore a variety of ideas without spending much time on particulars.


The intent of this exercise is not to create a specific design but instead to generate what used to be called " The conceptual images are not tied - nor necessarily well-suited - to any particular context illustrated. Some images may show some unresolved software artifacts, but each is a "loose sketch" of a sort to generate a look and feel.


The angled fin walls on the home below evoke the thought of waves on the ocean.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

Although this modern, boxy home uses stone panel siding that may be sourced from the coastal region, the form and character of the façade stand in stark contrast with strong, rectangular forms.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

A house with strong angles, very subtle curved lines, and wood paneling gives a modern Asian feel.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

In some Southeast Asian cities where space comes at a premium, owners build very narrow homes.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

Here is a modest, modern house with a wading pool in front.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

For someone daring enough to build right down on the beach, here is a house reminiscent of a dam. A dare to the tidal zone and sea level rise, this façade evokes either a waterfall or a breakwater... or maybe a baleen whale.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

The strong, regular lines of this sprawling, luxury home brings formality to the wild shoreline.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

Like waves smashing against a seawall and rising high, the roof planes of this modern house jut up at the property line and head back down to shore.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

In my article, "DESIGN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: Designing a Flood-proof House, Part 4", I discuss designating the lower floor as a sacrificial level where water may enter.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

The Asian-inspired modern house below probably would be an interesting place during a monsoon.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

Like the other house with the trapezoidal roof, this one allows water to rush through at the ground floor.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

Another modern, Kitsilano shoreline experiment in designing a home right down by the rocks.

Conceptual rendering of a modern Asian-inspired waterfront home

Are you inspired to build your own modern house in the lower mainland (or anywhere else in British Columbia, really)? Perhaps you're considering a net zero home to weather the extreme weather in Canada. Leverage the benefits of a modern house architect and book a free Diagnostic Session™ during which I can explain the first steps to take.


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