Working closely with clients Patrick Francois and Siwan Anderson and the City of Vancouver Planning department, SHAPE Architecture developed a strategy to raise an existing heritage house and create modern open living spaces connected to a redesigned backyard landscape.
By inserting a new stair through three stories of the existing and new portions of the house, the newly created ground floor space is flooded with natural light from above. A continuity of materials between interior and exterior as well as large folding glass doors provide spaciousness and connections to landscape. The project anticipates an indoor/outdoor lifestyle in summer for a family with young children. Simple economic construction systems are complimented by warm douglas fir ceilings with discretely integrated lighting to allow the spaces to glow at night.