Constructed on what once was a decaying “worker’s cottage”—one of the small, narrow structures made usually of wood that housed many in the rapidly expanding Great Lakes cities during the Industrial Revolution—this home was built as a “ethereal sanctuary” for a retired elementary school teacher.
Originally closed off from the expansive water views, the structure has been rethought to open the living space to the sea.
These new towers going up in the City That Never Sleeps recall many familiar forms and some that are new, building on the rich patina of styles that paint the multifaceted neighbourhoods they are springing up in.
Playing with the tension between privacy and openness, the architects designed a square floor plan partitioned to create two interior courtyards.
A postindustrial circular structure based on rational, geometric forms that utilizes a neglected piece of land in the city.
The centre reached a new milestone earlier this month when it opened the doors to its new home on Granville Island: a 50,000-square-foot facility with expansive studio and workshop spaces.
Inspired by the great halls of medieval times, the new two-storey atrium is meant to bring the lines of sight within the house up toward the sky and the treetops.
In the last few years, the environmental consequences of cement and plastic have become dire. With this in mind, the government of British Columbia has undertaken a new initiative to fund and explore the building of massive wooden structures.
Blending into the forest while maintaining a modern silhouette, the exterior features an exposed roof of engineered wood produced from Northern Quebec black spruce.