Status: In Progress with City of Vancouver - Heritage Revitalization Agreement
Area: 4270 sm Residential, 670 sm Hollywood Theatre Restoration + Rehabilitation
The Architecture of The Hollywood will evoke the glamour and elegance represented by the 1930s Art Deco architectural style and times. The building will be simple and streamlined, giving a nod to the necessary massing moves that makes it a good neighbour, while evoking a time in the past that represented the future.
The sense of movement in the architecture of the time, as witnessed by the vertical pilasters of the Theatre willl be re-interpreted as horizontal bands, based on the proportion, size and materiality of the existing. This will contrast and accentuate the existing form. The colours and patterns of that age will further inspire the work, drawing a thread of familiarity.
The work will take care not to replicate the style of the times, rather will stand proud in its own architectural presence. The new building, like The Hollywood Theatre, will be read as a singular statement that resists the standard massing typical of Vancouver residential buildings. We contend that despite this, the building will remain sensitive to its context while also providing a distinct identity of its own.
We are imagining that the new residential building and The Hollywood Theatre itself are inextricably intertwined or hugging; that the architectural form represents the relationship and co-dependence of the two buildings and that each allows the other to stand proud.
“The Hollywood Theatre is one of the last surviving neighbourhood cinemas in Vancouver, and is a superior example of the Art Deco style. Architect Harold Cullerne designed the elegant theatre with neon signs reflective of the streamlined Jazz Age. Run by the Fairleigh family for four generations, it evoked the glamour and elegance of the 1930s, a time when Vancouver was growing rapidly, building landmark structures such as Vancouver City Hall, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Burrard Bridge, Art Deco icons that still define our city. This style proclaimed the modernity of the young city and a progressive attitude.” Donald Luxton & Associates, Inc.
Original Signage, to be restored.
1. Painting & repair of existing stepped front parapets, undulating second floor front facade treatment with angled wall planes and vertical pilasters, and vertical / horizontal shadow banding. 2. Restoration of multi-paned steel sash windows on second floor front facade. 3. Restoration (painting & repair) of inset scroll figures in panels at the top of facade & doors. 4. Restoration of all exterior sheet metal at canopy. 5. Restoration of all exterior signage. 6. Restoration of neon lighting in soffit. 7. Painting, cleaning, & scraping of original storefront elements including ticket booth.
The Hollywood Golden Era, Portrait by Tamara De Lempicka.
Step One: Extrude 6 Storeys.
A vertical extrusion results in heavy shadowing to the backyards of the neighbouring homes to the north.
Step Two: Pull Massing South.
West Broadway Street is a busy, active arterial road with 4 lanes of traffic and parking on both sides, with wide sidewalks. By pushing the bulk of the massing to the Broadway side, we reduce visual & shadow impacts on the single family residences to the north. We believe that West Broadway should take the bulk of the massing.
Step Three: Step North Side To Shadow Less, push Back Commercial For Public Realm.
Step north side to shadow less. Push back commercial for public realm. This further alleviate visual & shadow impact on single family neighbourhood. By pushing back the first story, we create potential for space for public use, while deferring for the Hollywood Theatre, allowing it to stand proud.
Step Four: Create an Overhang.
Further area is removed at the North side. This area is recovered through a small overhang above the theatre. This reduces building depth and shadowing on the residential neighbourhood to the North while minimizing the impact on the Hollywood Theatre. Conceptually, the overhang shows the interconnection of the 2 buildings while guaranteeing that no form will be built over the Hollywood Theatre. It also allows for an expressive and animated east facade.
Step Five: Create an Architectural Expression to compliment the Hollywood Theatre.
The Vertical Expression of the art deco facade is transformed into a horizontal expression of the new building. Hollywood Modern.
The Hollywood Golden Era, Portrait by Tamara De Lempicka.
The primary intent of the proposal is to upgrade an aging building in a sustainable and affordable manner that allows for reasonable rental rates. By retaining and renovating the existing base building and existing suites, the building proposes a common-sense solution that addresses often conflicting aspirations for affordability and sustainability.
There have been no significant renovations to the base building since it was first built in 1953. The project proposes to retain the existing structural grid and the majority of the layout of the units, but proposes upgrades at the building envelope, exiting and accessibility as well as the cosmetic upgrade of the existing suites, the addition of recycling facilities and substantial bicycle parking.
Secondarily, the intent is to provide for small scale, incremental growth in a manner that is appropriate to the historical fabric of West End. Because the current site is underbuilt; it is proposed that the allowable FSR be maximized by providing a vertical addition to the existing third floor. By respecting and maintaining the existing structural grid of the base building, the permitted density can be added in a reasonable manner.
Finally, the intent of the project is to improve upon the existing base building to provide the residents with spaces of high liveability in a dense setting: the project proposes floor to ceiling glazing to maximize the amount of natural daylight and fresh air for each suite, while the addition of the balconies allows for private outdoor spaces. The intent is to provide both residents and the surrounding neighbourhood with an Architecture that is refreshing and youthful that reflects its contemporary time, while its scale and mass reflects its historical fabric and the appropriateness of small scale massing.
Existing West Facade 1. Existing White Stucco 2. Existing Burgundy Stucco 3. Existing Windows 4. Existing Third Floor Suite 5. Existing Doors 6. Existing Stairs
West Facade 1. White Cementitious Cladding 2. Prefabricated Painted Balconies 3. Windows, Charcoal Frame 4. GlazedDoors, Charcoal Frame 5. Entry Doors With Sidelights, Anodized 6. Garage Door 7. Existing Concrete 8. Exterior Steel Door, White 10. Steel Canopy, White 11. Exhaust Vent 12. Air Intake Vent 13. Holes
Buntzen Bay, BC
Type: Single Family Residential - GVRD
Status: In Progress with Metro Vancouver - Building Permit
Area: 200 sm Residential
Contractor: Powers Construction
A family home on a site that is accessible only by water, this work represents the Owners desires to disturb no landscape, fell no tree and to employ only the most sustainable of building materials.
A series of prefabricated modules that will be built off site and craned into location, the home is both a study in prefabrication and of the environmental impact of common building materials and their alternatives.
The modules are conceived of as stacked boxes that both respond to and reveal the adjacent steep slope, and affixed to the spectacular view of Buntzen Bay. While one corner allows for a close reading of the adjacent landscape with windows parallel to the sloping ground plane, another hovers over the grade on delicate pilotis.
1 Sleeping Module 2 Living Module 3 Beach Module
1 Entry Deck 2 Entry 3 Family Beach Room
1 Roof Deck 2 Living Room 3 Kitchen
1 Living Roof 2 Bedroom 3 Spa 4 Master Bedroom
Arctic Tuk loaded with hoppers. Photo by Amix Group.
THE COMMODORE BUILDING
Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Type: Heritage Class 'A' Storefront Rehabilitation + Base Building Restoration
Status: In Construction
The Commodore Building is a Category ‘A’ classified building on the Vancouver Heritage Register. Originally completed in 1930, this project intends to restore the Commodore Building to its rightful presence on the street, embracing both its history and its location in the Entertainment District.
The design of the seven storefront entrances is a series of regular, repetitive steel arch modules that comprise a dedicated area for signage, glass canopies and display. This modular element will be repeated at each arched opening, reinstating the rigour and regular rhythm of the original design. The existing imposing horizontal canopy, installed in the late 2000s, will be removed and the original glazed storefronts will be reinstated. The original decorative sunburst motif at the transom is reinterpreted at the edge of the archway evoking the past while complementing the original tilework at the perimeter of the arches.
The project will also restore existing historically significant base building elements, replace missing historical elements and repair existing historical features.
The 70's, The Commodore.
12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Type: Secure Market Rental Housing - Rental 100
Area: 2600 sm Residential
APT2 is a 6-storey modular residential building that provides 42 secure secured market rental units ranging from studio to three bedrooms. The intent is to build upon the thriving community at the existing building, APT, which was renovated in 2014. APT currently provides residents with a youthful, energetic urban community within a sharing environment. Here, the sense of commonality that increased density provides, as well as the environmental bene ts of living small and sharing in abundant common amenity outweigh the perceived need for large private spaces.
This notion contributes not only a sense of community within an urban environment but also provides the resident with an economical solution to housing affordability. The project provides affordable secured market rental housing within an already established community setting that is in keeping with the intent of the City of Vancouvers’ Housing and Homelessness Strategy. This is a timely and important response to the current lack of rental housing and the affordability crisis in the City of Vancouver.
The rationale for the design of the proposed building was based on the intent of the District Schedule, to ensure that the new midrise building be respectful of its surrounding low rise context and that the existing garden remain as ground plane amenity.
The infill building is thus conceived of a building in a park, with the landscape amenity taking a central role in the shaping of the form of the building.
The building proposes a stepping facade, in both plan and elevation. By increasing the front yard setback at the southwest corner, the building mass is reduced adjacent the existing low rise building. This is further accentuated by setting back the facade at the third to sixth storey and further mitigates the rise to the 13 storey building by stepping up as the modules move to the east.
As part of this proposal, the roof of the existing building is renovated to include a new roof landscape amenity area. This, in addition to the proposed landscape roof of the new building and usefully designed outdoor ground landscape, results in a substantial increase in usable outdoor amenity. All landscape amenity areas will be designed to allow for a variety of programming including, communal gardens and private lounging areas.
APT2 will provide residents with desperately-needed secure market rental housing in a small-scale high- density community that thrives upon interaction and is responsive to current issues of urbanity, density, live-ability and affordability.
1. Roof Garden 2. Apt Park 3. Residents Gardens 4. Apt Access 5. Raised Garden Space 6. Children's Play 7. Games Area 8. Seating & Lounging 9. Gathering 10. Eating 11. Film Screening 12. Covered Bicycle Storage
6 Story Mass
Streetscape Facade Concept
Type: RS-1 Laneway
Area: 615 SQFT Residential/Studio
General Contractor: Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing, Inc.
Completed in collaboration with Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing, Inc., this wee laneway allows for a multiplicity of use. Purposefully designed to be a one storey building to take advantageof a bylaw allowing for a larger footprint, the space is intended to transform from a bodywork studio to a home over the course of one day. Thus, the functional aspects of the home are tucked to the edges: the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry room project no further than three feet into the space in their closed positions, and all storage is tucked. This allows for a clear floor area whose soaring ceiling height belies its small square footage. The laneway homes' form is a play on the traditional gable, its structure askew on a diagonal and exposed, allowing for the warmth of the massive Douglas Fir timbers to infuse the modern space.
A balcony and guardrail replacement that began as a technical exercise, a more playful approach to the renovation was instead proposed. Creating a more vibrant and happy face to the street, this project highlights how one simple move using standard building materials can create great impact and immediately refresh an aging but much needed market rental building.
West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Type: Major Renovation
Status: Completed 2014
Area: 15000 sf
General Contractor: Eton West Construction
Photography: Ema Peter
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.
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.
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.
1 RECEPTION 2 KITCHEN / STAFF ROOM 3 WASHROOM 4 OFFICE 5 CLASS ROOMS 6 LIBRARY WALL 7 FLEX SPACE
LIBRARY WALL ELEVATION
LG RESIDENCE RENOVATION
Type: Renovation, RS-1
Area: 1000 sf
Status: Completed 2011
General Contractor: Novell Design Build
Photography: Jean Phillippe Delage
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.