D’Arcy Jones Architecture have recently completed the contemporary renovation of a 1980’s ‘Vancouver Special‘ house.
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This renovation of a 1981 Vancouver Special on a 33 foot wide lot retained the entire foundation and structure of the house. The interior layout was flipped, moving the kitchen, dining and living areas from the upper floor own to the main floor, so the most important interior spaces could be at grade. A new parallel-parking open carport was built off the lane, to preserve more of the back yard for a new landscaped garden and terrace. The house was wrapped in a new exterior skin with carefully placed windows, to connect all interior spaces to the front and back yards. This house that was once dark and generic is now filled with light and air.
Architecture and Interior Design: D’Arcy Jones Architecture Inc
Photography by Sama Jim Canzian
Atelier REC have designed a shopping centre in La Teste-de-Buch, France that features a white wavy facade.
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“To break traditional and routine concepts of building ” This will to conceive the shopping centre of tomorrow has led us to think of an environmental place of strong energetic economy allied with comfort and aestheticism. The future shopping centre of La Teste de Buch will be classified as low consumption building, enhancing low impact CO2 materials it is in tune with the Arcachon esthetics. The white wave in the main facade recalls the picture of a sheer modern plan in curved the local context. 0 % waste, 30 % reduction of energy consumption, a division into 4 from gas rejections to greenhouse effect; here are some figures which sum up this new shopping centre and in particular this brand new shopping centre of the XXIth century.
Architect: Atelier REC
Frits de Vries designed the West 21st House in Vancouver, Canada.
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This 3070 sq ft single family residence with detached garage is located on a 42 ft wide lot in the Dunbar neighbourhood of Vancouver. The gently graded site has oblique views to Pacific Spirit Park, and distant views to the city core. The Dunbar Residence explores the potential for diversity of spatial experience in a home with a flexible plan that accommodates changes in everyday family life. In response to the owners‘ love of nature interior-exterior relationships are established with outdoor patios and gardens at all levels. Spatially light is used to define scale and intimacy within the home.
Designed and oriented for passive solar usage the project also employs ultra high efficiency windows, solar hot water heating and a high performance heating / cooling system, including heat recovery that allow the home to operate with low energy consumption. The careful selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting also reduce energy and water consumption. Interior elements, such as flooring and millwork, include recycled materials and low/no emission finishes. Planters on the roof reduce heat reflectance and rainwater runoff. Landscape design makes use of native, drought tolerant plant species and reclaimed stone.
The home was built by Natural Balance Home Builders Inc., a construction company that specializes in green building.
Architect: Frits de Vries
Photography by Lucas Finlay
Dynia Architects designed the John Dodge Residence, a contemporary home and guest house in Jackson, Wyoming.
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Located near the foot of the Teton Mountains, the site and a relatively modest program with a desire for intimate scale, led to placing the main house and guest quarters in separate buildings configured to form outdoor spaces. With mountains rising to the northwest and a stream cutting through the southeast corner of the lot, this placement of the main house and guest cabin distinctly responds to the two scales of the site. The public and private wings of the main house define the exterior space to the northwest, which is visually enclosed by the prominence of the mountains beyond. At a more intimate scale, the garden walls of the main house and guest cabin enclose the entry court to the south east.
The long drive opens onto the intimate entry court. A concrete wall which extends into the landscape marks the entrance and defines the major circulation spine of the house. Public spaces open off this axis toward the views to the mountains. Secondary spaces branch off to the north and south forming the private wing of the main house and the guest cabin respectively. With regulation restricting the roof forms, the structural trusses are shaped to lift the ceiling planes toward light and the views of the landscape. The placement of the buildings, as well as their enclosure, one’s perception of interior space extends to the exterior and the landscape, blurring the distinction between the two.
Architect: Dynia Architects
Metallics may be an industrial design trend, but artist Cheryl Ekstrom has something quite a bit more permanent in mind. With the Los Angeles-based artist’s startlingly realistic sculpture series, Stable Inhabitants of a Changing World, Ekstrom has taken some of the most recognizable and exalted forms in Mid-Century modern furniture—Charles and Ray Eames’ Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa, Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Chair, and that 60′s staple, the Beanbag—and given them added heft by painstakingly casting their likeness in stainless steel. A series that began in 2007, the sculptures comprise to-scale models of the modernist icons, each piece having achieved the seemingly impossible: coaxing cold, hard steel into exactingly replicating the tactile softness of time-worn leather—and in so doing, brilliantly dissolving the line between art and design. Via Artsy
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