Kitsilano Heritage House

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.

Completed January 2011
Vancouver, BC
330 m² / 3,600 ft²