Pacific Northwest Residence

Project Location

Pacific Northwest, BC


Jonathan Ehling Architect




Case Study: Pacific Northwest Residence

Vancouver is an outdoorsman's dream. It has a few more positive attributes, and was voted the world's "most livable city" by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of The Economist group that examines the living conditions in 140 cities around the world and rates each city across five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

Sports are a big part of the equation. Skiing by day and sailing by night are not only possible, but commonly practiced by many residents of Vancouver, British Columbia’s mountainous seaside gem.

One homeowner in the region was looking for a way to get the most from their Pacific Northwest residence, designed by architect Jonathan Ehling, AIBC. Following his clients’ lead, he worked to design a home with a living / entertainment area that offers unobstructed views of the majestic outdoors while simultaneously being mindful of the ever-present weather-related issues and energy efficiency.

"The NanaWall was installed within the context of a very exposed environment where wind and rain can play havoc with lesser designed systems, and it has performed well.”

The High Performing and Energy Efficient Choice

To make this happen, Ehling found a solution that fit the bill precisely. The NanaWall HSW60, a thermally broken, aluminum framed single track sliding wall system, that delivered the unobstructed access to views while at the same time providing low-maintenance with effortless operation, which the homeowner desired. The HSW60 features panels that smoothly slide on a single track and are completely out of sight when desired.

Before selecting the NanaWall system, Ehling briefly looked at the Eclipse system that was available locally. “They had fewer options and a heavier profile which we were trying to avoid since everything was about getting that all-important view,” he says.

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