A major renovation to 15 000 sf of tenant amenity area in a 12 storey residential tower. The design of the amenity floors are intended to complement the size of the units; they are all carefully detailed. The project highlights how design and creative thinking can address issues of affordability and sustainability.
Vancouver, BC Client: DSBK Holdings, Inc. Area: 15000 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio Status: In construction Photography: Stefan Levasseur
The MAD (house) is a multi-adult dwelling in Vancouver. Housing three sets of adults from the same family within a 2880 square foot volume, the home was designed to allow for wide open shared public spaces and private separated suites. A contrast of high volume spaces with small nooks allows for varied spatial experience in the contained footprint. The homeowners sense of whimsy and quirk allows the home its delightful eccentricities: peekaboo views from the window at the floor, an exuberant use of tile and colour, a column that carries rainwater, and coloured glass mosaic chips embedded in the concrete floor. The purposeful manipulation of natural light creates a sense of spaciousness in the home, while full height doors, soaring windows and wide open roof decks add to this sense of openness. The private spaces are purposefully intimate and smaller: the juxtaposition emphasizing a sense of respite and comfort. The home provides a practical solution to housing affordability and multi-generational living while embracing the homeowners’ artful and creative nature.
Vancouver, BC Client: Private Area: 2880 sf Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio General Contractor: Novell Design Build. Status: Completed 2014 Photography: Janis Nicolay, Stefan Levasseur
A complete transformation of a seldom used ground floor from basement storage to master bedroom and living quarters, this renovation was inspired by the homeowners’ profession of archeology. Rather than merely repair and replace the old, the project was designed with the principle of peeling away and exposing the layers of history found in the 1927 home. The contrast between old and new is proudly pronounced: Original red brick fireplaces are revealed, their chalk inscriptions from previous owners left behind; old fir beams find new life as stair treads, and vintage fir planks salvaged from the demolition become a crafted herringbone feature wall. The concrete floor is uncovered, contrasted by shiny new tiles. A spectacular cool blue wet room and powder room adjoin a new master bedroom; the headboard is the vintage brick fireplace. Uncovering the hidden treasures in the everyday creates an architectural palimpsest of time, lending a sense of permanence, warmth and longevity to the family who grows here.
Vancouver, BC Client: Private Area: 1000 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio
Vancouver, BC Client: Private Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio Status: Completed 2013 Photography: Stefan Levasseur
LITTLE MOUNTAIN LEARNING ACADEMY
A 2300sf educational facility for children, Little Mountain Learning Academy wanted to create a space that was bright and energetic but seriously useful. The main feature is a 60’ long library wall that infuses the space with an unexpected whimsy, while operating as a functional bookcase adjacent the open study spaces. A structure of Douglas Fir GluLam beams and columns with exposed steel connections, the library wall adds a sense of permanence to the space while infusing it with warmth. A long magnetic chalkboard wall with tangram magnets provides an area of quiet creative educational play, a partner to the joyful rumpus of the classrooms.
UBC Campus, BC Client: Little Mountain Learning Academy Area: 2300 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio General Contractor: Woodworks Custom Developments Status: Completed September 2011 Photography: Stefan Levasseur
1 RECEPTION 2 KITCHEN / STAFF ROOM 3 WASHROOM 4 OFFICE 5 CLASS ROOMS 6 LIBRARY WALL 7 FLEX SPACE
LIBRARY WALL ELEVATION
Wild Rice celebrates the inner workings of a restaurant that are normally hidden from view. The events of the kitchen and bar are fully revealed and the diner is able to fully participate and share in the food culture.
New Westminster BC Client: Wild Rice Area: 3665 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio General Contractor: Conex Projects, Inc Status: Completed November 2011 Photography: Martin Tessler
A backdrop to the spectacular circus events, the use of dimensional lumber forms a playful take on the archetypal “circus tent”, mimicking the sense of play and wonder inherent in the School itself. Completed 2011.
River Market at Westminster Quay, BC Client: Vancouver Circus School Area: 6500 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio Status: Completed 2010 Photography:Larraine Henning
TINY curates the best locally produced food in small packages. It is about celebrating local food; the interior architecture reflects this ideology by transforming everyday building materials (cork, wood pallets, pegboard, plywood, light bulbs, nails and twine) into functional art.
River Market at Westminster Quay, BC Client: Tiny Eats Area: 195 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio General Contractor: Woodworks Custom Developments Status: Completed 2010 Photography: Larraine Henning
1 18" TASTING PODIUMS 2 PANTRY (RETAIL SHELVES) 3 MAP WALL 4 POINT OF SALE 5 COMMUNAL BENCH 6 PALLETS (ABOVE)
GREAT WALL TEA CO.
A bartender and a singer open up a minuscule tea shop. A staggered array of 568 standard tea containers are cleverly magnetized to the wall to create a big, bold identifying statement.
River Market at Westminster Quay, BC Client: Great Wall Tea Co. Area: 155 sf Interior Architecture: marianne amodio architecture studio General Contractor: Woodworks Custom Developments Millwork: Fullbore Design Status: Completed 2010 Photography: Larraine Henning