The project brief was to add a new floor to an existing 1954 bungalow, which is situated in New Westminster, BC.
The neighbourhood sits at the prow of a hill, and is rich in modernist architecture from the fifties and sixties. The existing house was L shaped, and was too small for my clients. The new floor would be the domain of the parents, and contain a studio for one of the owners, who is an artist.
The addition would be composed of a studio, a master suite and a deck to take advantage of the views. Architecturally the goal was to knit together old and new with simple gestures and materials that would be sympathetic to their context, yet fresh.
All photographs by Roger Brooks
The house was designed around the idea of a courtyard, and a northern view up a cherry tree lined street.
Because of the courtyard, the house’s walls were pushed to the outer limits of the site (which is pie shaped and curved). The resulting geometry has allowed for interesting pockets of space, which all revolve around the courtyard.
The flat roof is stepped down at the garage, and gently curves to the entrance where the visitor is greeted by the first of the nine round skylights.
From the street, the triple duty “light cannons” are also visible. They provide ventilation, a surface for the solar panels, and allow northern light into the corridor connecting the private and public sections of the house.
Completion summer of 2012.
All photographs by Ema Peter.
The project brief was to add a new floor to an existing 1950’s split level home, which was originally designed by an architect. However, due to some unforeseen conditions, the existing house had to be removed. So the construction is all new, and the design retains hints of the old.
The existing house was too small for the family, so a new floor was added containing a master bedroom, ensuite, office and deck. The new upper floor cantilevers in two directions, and compliments the lower cantilevered portion of the house.
To soften the strong geometry of the house, clear stained cedar siding was used on all surfaces to give the composition scale and warmth. The inner face of each cube is lined with bluestone to provide contrast.
All photography by Roger Brooks
A new house for a family of five in the British Properties, West Vancouver. The house is situated on a flat lot, of generous proportions.
The house has been designed around two courtyards, one north facing and one south facing. The resulting H-shape creates a great variety of exterior spaces (moss garden to the north, and paved surfaces and reflecting pool to the south). The upper floor aligns with the center of the H, and cantilevers at both ends where it merges with the main floor creating long low porches.
The exterior materials are a cement panel with exposed fasteners (where there is no overhang), and stained cedar siding (where there is an overhang).
Completion 2013 professional photographs to follow in the spring of 2014.
This project is located in West Vancouver near the Glen Eagles community center. The building is a very long, carved rectangle that captures a stunning westward view.
The roof is a simple extrusion, made asymmetrical by the vaulted living spaces. The vault continues through the large exterior terrace, which is covered but filled with light.
The muted exterior materials are concrete, wood and metal which contrast with the rich, warm colour of the roof structure.
Construction begins 2014.
This project will be submitted for Development Permit in early 2014. The site is located near the University of British Columbia, The project has a hard, durable shell clad in zinc with cedar siding at the insets to soften and warm the appearance.
At the base of the building, an outbound concrete wall wraps, steps and transforms into planters as you move around the building.
The two storey box is deceptively simple, with strategic cantilevers and a very modern "enter under the building" entry.
Construction to begin in 2015.
This project is in Vancouver, and is situated on a long city lot. Because of the length, we were able to carve a large light well to the rental suite below. Hovering above the suite's patio is a long reflecting pool which will be enjoyed from the floor above. The pool provides an obvious visual amenity, and privacy for the tenants below.
The house is in the RS-7 zone, which is very conservative in it's guidelines. Our approach was to take a familiar architectural form and wrap it with crisp modern detailing.
The house features white glazed brick, and dark stained cedar siding with floor to ceiling windows in strategic locations.
Construction starts 2013.
This project is in East Vancouver, and has a rental suite and lane way house. The project is on a corner lot, and the house is essentially square with select incisions to add relief and additional glazing. The zoning restrictions are extreme, and the budget was relatively modest.
Shingles are used throughout, paired with white painted exposed rafters which add an effective layer of detail and scale.
Completion 2013, professional photographs to follow.
This project is in Design Development and is located in Burnaby, BC. The site features an amazing view to the city and surrounding terrain. Our goal is to give this mid-century bungalow a little more mid-centry modern.
Period materials will be used, but in a much bolder fashion. Part of the front yard will be reclaimed as semi-private space for a north facing terrace.
Updates to follow.
The house was designed by Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey in 1962. We are charged with updating all its systems, re-freshing the interior, and removing some previous renovations.
During its 51 years there have been several renovations, some will be kept and some will be removed. For the most part, the house is in good condition and our work will bring it into this century, respectfully, with the hopes of giving it another 50 years of life.
The major change is the removal of the swimming pool, and in its place we've created a new entry. The new entry's roof is built off existing cantilevered beams. In keeping with the original design, the entry roof is an down "U" so it blends seamlessly with the existing building.
A shallow reflecting pool greets visitors, as then walk across the floating paving slabs towards the front door.
Construction starts 2013.
This project is located in South Vancouver on the slope, and consists of a three level house, and a Lane Way House. There are very nice views to the south east, hence the corner glazed windows on the lower and upper floors. The form is uncompromisingly modern with details to match.
The Lane Way house is rare in that it has a basement. This keeps the massing of the building low, and neighbour friendly in terms of overlook.
The exterior materials are composite panels, basalt stone veneer and western red cedar.
Construction starts 2014.
This house is in design development and is located on the Universtiy of British Columbia endowment lands. It has beautiful views of the city and north shore mountains.
Stay tuned for updates.
Construction begins 2013.
We like working on the old timer's. We've renovated several houses in the New Westminster area that are over 90 years old. This project in Queen's Park received a major overhaul, with a new basement and addition.
The house's finishes and systems are entirely new, and a lot of the original house was preserved including brick, light fixtures, flooring and stained glass. We hope it lasts another 100 years.
More photos to follow.
Located in West Vancouver, this project was designed as a major update to an old renovated cabin. The site is very steep and mostly rocky, with beautiful south views to the city and in the end, the construction was all new.
The main floor layout was adjusted, and a new addition was added to the top of the building, stepped back and hugging the contours of the rocky slope.
All photographs by Flora Gordon.
This project, like York Street, is a good example of what can be done by renovating old houses. This renovation will give the existing structure at least another 50 years of life.
The program was to add a floor and maximize the allowable floor space, while capturing nice mountain views to the south. There was also the desire to transform the house into something new. Due to the zoning restrictions, the only way to achieve the second storey was to create wedge shaped roof - which defines the character of the new design.
We like working on the old timer's. We've renovated several houses in the New Westminster area that are over 100 years old.
Our goal is to give them another 100 years of life through sympathetic renovations and updating of building systems.
What we will not do, is make a new house look artificially old!