SHAPE Architecture have been developing a unique heritage revitalization and urban densification project in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. This project aspires to retain two Class B heritage houses on an extremely constrained site by realigning them with their neighbouring house to the north thereby liberating a space in the rear yard for an adjoining contemporary infill house.
The scheme seeks to deliver 5 new family orientated dwellings as well as a commercial retail unit on the corner of Jepson-Young lane. Our approach has been guided by best practice conservation strategies which seek to protect, retain and replace-in-kind the original fabric of the existing buildings. Additionally, the design is enhanced by juxtaposing the historic Edwardian-era features with a smaller, modern intervention that takes ques from the original form of these houses and boasts clean lines with a neutral complimentary material palette.