Client: Private Homeowner
Location: Vancouver, BC
This interior renovation of a 110m2 suite is on the third floor of a heritage building in the heart of Vancouver’s historic and colourful Strathcona neighbourhood. The existing suite had been poorly renovated many times, resulting in decades of work and decisions being stripped down to rediscover the essence of the space. The challenge was to create a more open-plan space that would showcase the owner’s extensive local and native sculptural art collection, while respecting the heritage qualities of the original building.
The concept of the design was to emphasize the unit’s linearity and to maintain some distinctive historic elements, while modernizing the space to provide a serene backdrop for the client’s significant art collection. The central feature is a continuous storage wall spine that runs down the centreline of the unit, concealing the suite’s two bedrooms. This wall contains discreet pocket doors and display niches for sculptural artwork. Its elegant details and clean lines allow the artwork to be the centre of attention. At the south end, the storage wall frames the kitchen before opening up to create a generous living space for socializing.
Team: Local Practice Architecture + Design (Architect), Econ Group (Contractor)
Project Completion: 2013