Considerate updates protect heritage in Vancouver House Enchancment

Embedded in a 1910 Edwardian constructing within the historic Shaughnessy district of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is a collection of latest interventions by Measured structure and Paul Sangha Inventive landscaping. Really commendable options are thoughtfully composed to take context into consideration whereas including solely worthy components to the architectural patchwork as its quilt continues to unfold, reflecting this present contribution to the historic material of the flooring. “Although my aesthetic is fashionable,” admits one house owner, “I’ve a deep appreciation for historical past and liked understanding that the constructing, property and neighborhood already had one thing to inform.”

Bright living room with carpet;  features a black console table, pink sculptural art and an open wooden door leading to a room with a piano and a black sofa.

Shaughnessy Home displays a curatorial, multi-phased method to residence modernization that creates a brand new architectural line connecting area and time. A collection of forward-thinking upgrades are paired with the 4,500-square-foot, conventional sq. plan—one during which rooms are divided into quadrants, clearly delineated, transitioning from communal to personal programming because the flooring rise—whereas additionally tweaking updates from an 80- these years of expertise. The construction is now anchored by a grand, four-story black steel central staircase that includes heat wooden paneling, an adjoining glass atrium that acts as a lightweight nicely, and a tiered privateness curtain system designed in collaboration with native craftsmen Cloth atelier. Friends are granted entry to an virtually uninterrupted view by way of the primary quantity as its design trades an unrestricted open plan for the location’s intentional traces.

A modern dining room with a wooden table with colorful chairs, hanging lights and a view of greenery through a large window.

Modern kitchen interior with a marble bar top, wooden cabinets, stylish hanging lamps and two bar stools near a window with sheer curtains.

A modern kitchen with a marble island adjacent to a living area with a gray sofa and a staircase with wooden and white vertical paneling.

Modern kitchen interior with white cabinets, wooden island and stainless steel appliances.  Bright space with natural light.

Modern kitchen with marble island, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.

Small modern bathroom designed with white textured walls, wall mounted sink, toilet and black ceiling.  One mirror and an overhead light fixture are visible.

A modern spacious living room with a large gray sofa bed, stairs leading up behind a partial wall and floor to ceiling windows showing off the greenery outside.

A modern staircase with warm wood panels and black metal railings in a bright room, complemented by elegant white decorative elements under the stairs.

Modern home interior featuring a hallway with wooden floors and walls, a staircase with vertical black bars and a view of a well-lit, open room with large windows.

A modern living room with black and yellow chairs, a unique white chandelier and a balcony view featuring elegant dark wood stair railings.

Modern bathroom interior with double sink, geometric tiled walls and shower curtain.  Bright lighting and minimal decor.

A minimalist bedroom with a bed covered with a green and brown blanket, a small desk with books and a large window showing trees.

The outside can also be indicative of nice discretion practiced with structural intervention. Whereas the entrance facade preserves the integrity of its historic setting, the rear revels in its new interpretation. The central quantity is expressed by steady floor-to-ceiling home windows which might be topped by an enclosed glass dome on the highest flooring, paying homage to the widow’s walks well-liked within the residence’s aesthetic heyday. This vertical association additionally creates traces of continuation that match these generated by the infinity pool because the courtyard reaches the residence. In playful distinction to the residence—fairly like a bastard of historic components—is a contemporary, steel-clad cubic construction set a brief distance from the primary residence and perpendicular to the infinity pool. The highest is lined with mirrored surfaces that assist camouflage the unit whereas visually rising the depth of the courtyard. Beneath is a walkout basement model pool home.

A modern loft bedroom with exposed white beams, a wooden wall, a large bed and black curtains dividing the space.

A modern bathroom seen through dark curtains, with white marble walls, an exposed bathtub and a wooden cabinet.

Bright loft with white walls and exposed beams, wooden partitions, modern chair and decorative walls.

A modern loft bedroom with an angular wooden ceiling, a bed with a dark blue duvet, a small desk and a large window.

Modern bathroom with double sinks, large mirror, white tiled walls and frosted glass doors.

Modern bedroom design with wood panel headboard, exposed white beamed ceiling and round window.  Includes a cushioned bed, side table lamp and decorative pouf

Bottom view of a modern staircase with dark scaled treads, wood paneling and metal railings looking up to a bright skylight.

A modern wine cellar with wooden racks lining the walls, a central wooden bench and an exposed concrete ceiling illuminated by recessed lighting.

The Shaughnessy Home panorama makes use of native vegetation in a composition distilled by way of picturesque visions of lakes and oceans of the Pacific Northwest. “We aimed to create a collection of various areas that harmoniously co-exist inside a single design idea,” says Paul Sangha, principal panorama architect and founding father of Paul Sangha Inventive. Integrating all ranges of the property, these areas embody formal plantings knowledgeable by the neighborhood’s heritage design tips, a delegated energetic leisure space with a pavilion and sports activities pitch, a eating terrace, a trellis walkway connecting the porch to the brand new storage, a poolside lounging area , and a walkway between the play construction and the pool home. Pure stones had been labored into the boundaries of options such because the infinity pool to melt harsh traces and slope in direction of pure, meandering paths.

Aerial view of a modern backyard featuring a rectangular swimming pool, patio with fire pit, outdoor furniture and a lush garden bordered by tall hedges.

A modern backyard featuring a long, rectangular swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery and trees, with a stylish sun lounger and table with plants and a hat.

Luxurious backyard with pool, modern patio furniture and lush greenery under clear skies.

A modern garden with lush greenery, a black sofa with cushions, a chaise longue and large rocks surrounded by a black fence.

Lush garden with plunge pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by tropical plants, stone features and modern outdoor furniture adjacent to a larger swimming pool.

Facade of a building with a reflective glass facade, featuring a lone tree in front and its reflection in a still, clear swimming pool.

Nonetheless noteworthy are the numerous environmental initiatives Shaughnessy Home boasts. The central textile curtain not solely gives privateness, but additionally acoustic damping and warmth discount. Black photo voltaic panels built-in into the highest of the pool construction warmth the water function all yr spherical. Native plantings embrace re-greening, and a system of rainwater tanks works with the surroundings to handle runoff. Inner refurbishments included re-insulated cladding and partitions, excessive efficiency home windows and re-coating of radiators earlier than re-installing them in environment friendly areas linked to a brand new state-of-the-art boiler. Amongst different accolades, this home holds the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Particular Jury Award for Heritage Preservation and Modernization. “The undertaking started with a big home from 1910, initially constructed for an English household,” mentioned Clinton Cuddington and Piers Cunnington, principals at Measured Structure. “And now it is introducing modern interventions to carry the constructing into the current.”

A modern two-story house with large glass windows, surrounded by lush greenery and a small outdoor seating area.

Lush green plants bordering a tranquil swimming pool with reflections in the water under sunlight.

A tranquil garden with lush greenery and white flowers, with a modern white bench on a paved path, surrounded by tall hedges and a metal gate.

A well kept garden with large hostas and a variety of lush plants, stone paths and a wooden house partially visible in the background.

A modern outdoor home basketball court at night, featuring a hoop, paved area and lighted garage and trees.

Aerial view of a large three-story house at dusk, with illuminated windows and a swimming pool.

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With skilled levels in structure and journalism, Joseph has a need to make life fantastically accessible. His work seeks to complement the lives of others with visible communication and storytelling by way of design. Beforehand a daily contributor to SANDOW Design Group titles together with Luxe and Metropolis, Joseph now serves the Design Milk staff as their Managing Editor. When not training, he teaches visible communication, idea and design. The New York-based author has additionally contributed to exhibitions organized by the AIA Middle for Structure in New York and Architectural Digest, and just lately revealed essays and collage illustrations with Proseterity, a literary publication.

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