secret spaces


A series of intimate dinners and parties in inspiring spaces

An ongoing series of cocktail parties and intimate dinners in architecturally, historically relevant and / or otherwise inspiring and unique locations.

These photos from recent Secret Spaces events are a fine introduction: a summer cocktail party at the Marine Building penthouse, a sweet spring W2 suite dinner, an autumn dinner at Arthur Erickson’s Baldwin House on Deer Lake Park, a wine tasting at Koo’s Garage and a sizzling summer dinner atop The Keefer Suites penthouse.

For more info about the Secret Spaces series, contact Belinda Bruce at

Recent event:

Bayridge House + Studio

Saturday June 1, 2013


Bayridge House + Studio

Architects Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith of Helliwell + Smith•Blue Sky Architecture.

Following undergraduate studies in film and English at Queen’s University, Ontario native Kim Smith pursued a degree in architecture at UBC. Her ongoing interest in play and fantasy, and a questioning of gender roles led to a superficially controversial but deeply-considered thesis: a sex club or ‘love hotel’ on the Japanese model. Smith went on to further design studies in New York and London and returned to the West Coast in the 1980s. She worked with Helliwell on Hornby Island, from which their current architectural practice derives.

Bo Helliwell, also from Ontario, studied architecture at the University of Manitoba, worked for architect Etienne Gaboury and later for Erickson-Massey.  Helliwell also attended London’s Architectural Association School and travelled overland to Thailand with his partner and father before settling on Hornby Island, where his partnership with Smith began.

Vancouver-based Helliwell + Smith•Blue Sky Architecture has received more than 20 awards for architecture and green construction including: BC WoodWorks Architect Award 2013 for their significant body of work, BC WoodWorks Residential Design Award 2013 for Solar Crest Home and the The Green Builder Home of the Year Award 2009 for Wakefield Beach Homes.

Their self-described style is a blend of West Coast Modern and Organic Architecture. “Organic Architecture includes environmental concerns and also embodies the human spirit, transcending the mere act of shelter into buildings that shape and enhance our lives.”  The duo are launching their second book, Blue Sky Living, edited by Vancouver architecture critic Trevor Boddy, on June 8.

Bayridge House and Studio:  Featured in The Globe and Mail and Trends Magazine, the 1964 Massey Award winning home in West Vancouver, originally built by architect Barry Downs, is a classic West Coast Modern home with a pond, a studio, fabulous unobstructed water views and a grand patio. Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith purchased the property in 1998 and restored and renovated the house, widening doorways, expanding the kitchen, amplifying glazing, while adding their work studio that curves around the pond and landscaping. Worth seeing for the bathroom alone!  Deemed one of the house’s most attractive interior spaces, the newly completed bathroom boasts an 11-foot-high vaulted ceiling and glazing that overlooks a garden of lilac trees and smokebush, lending a sense of suspension into the site. “Taking a bath here,” says Smith, “is like floating over the garden.”  Winner of Top 50 American Bathroom Award, 2012-13 from Trends Magazine (New Zealand)

Six delicious courses created by the inimitable Kevin Mooney, with a selection of fine wines and beer.



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