Since the 1950s Vancouver has been home to affordable modern homes with open plans, exclusive access to natural landscapes, and distant views. In the current economy, detached home ownership in this Pacific Rim city is an investment vehicle for the global elite. For the rest, the price of homes has so outpaced household income that shared housing — basement suites, lane houses, attached and cohousing — is the new norm. Distant views are nearly unobtainable. However the basic elements of detached housing including day light, cross ventilation, front and rear gardens have been achieved in this East Vancouver infill duplex. In both dwellings views have been created within and beyond the site. Rather than distant vistas however, public life has been foregrounded in this update on West Coast Modernism.