Welcome to the East Van Residence, a masterpiece of functional design nestled in the heart of Vancouver, Canada. Crafted by the visionary minds at SMStudio in 2022, this modern Scandinavian home is redefining residential architecture.
Not just a house, but a celebration of light, nature, and innovation, the East Van Residence is a testament to thoughtful architecture that serves the lifestyles of its inhabitants.
About East Van Residence
Transforming Tradition: East Van Residence
Embracing their neighborhood’s charm, a family sought a home that could marry love for their community with the need for functionality. Consequently, the East Van Residence emerged, boldly redefining their living space with a modern, neighborly presence.
Upside-Down Design: A New Perspective
In a creative twist, the residence’s design places communal spaces above, exploiting the picturesque park and mountain views, while the bedrooms enjoy seclusion on the ground floor. Subsequently, the lower level presents a versatile den and guest suite, strategically coupled with ample storage.
Innovative Materials: Crafting Character
Given the compact site, Hardi Panel was the material of choice, not only for its compliance with strict fire codes but also as a canvas for innovation. This led to a facade that playfully interacts with light, imparting depth and vivacity to the structure.
Leveraging Light: Open Space Dynamics
Seeking spaciousness, the design employs LVL beams, which enable broad room spans, thus eliminating the need for obstructive columns. Additionally, an open staircase, adorned with a metal mesh, leads to a generous skylight, cascading natural light into the living spaces.
Natural elements like stone, concrete, and Douglas Fir instill a calming backdrop throughout, allowing the family’s tastes to shine through art and furniture. Furthermore, a custom steel vinyl shelf in the living room offers a statement piece for their collection.
Moreover, the basement’s design revolves around a
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