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Architecture by Haeccity Studio Architecture at Private Residence, Vancouver, Vancouver - Armory District Apartment
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Armory District Apartment - Architecture

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1st Ave is an interior face-lift of a compact two-storey apartment in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood that would personalize the space for anunique couple, while simultaneously transforming the existing layout into a more functional and spacious home.

The upper floor was completely reconfigured to take full advantage of the unique double exposure to both northern and southern light. Continuous custom casework along the western wall relocated the kitchen to adjoin an outdoor dining area. In addition to adding ample storage, the minimal, white casework also houses a home office and reading nook.

The ubiquity of light on the upper level was also an important consideration for the design of a feature staircase with a custom white perforated metal guardrail screen. This porous partition, drawn from South American courtyards visited by the couple, invites natural light to pour onto the wooden staircase and entry below, and animates the space with a subtle play of ever-changing shadows.

The perforated guardrail screen peels away from the stair like a curtain at the lower level, furtively inviting you to ascend the stairwell. This chamfer is echoed in the kitchen island above, whose playful angular form allows easy access to bar seating. These gestures of circular perforations and sloping edges animate the space against a quiet and minimal backdrop, creating delight and curiosity in the interior.

The success of the project is demonstrated in the ability to address all of the clients’ functional needs, while imbuing the space with the owners’ personality. Every inch of the apartment adapts to specific uses, enabling several ‘rooms’ to share the same space without relying on partitions. The architecture therefore adapts to the users’ domestic experience rather than having the user adapt to a conventional apartment layout.

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Haeccity Studio Architecture is a full-service design studio operating at the intersection of art, architecture and planning.

Founded in 2011, Haeccity Studio is committed to practicing responsible design and realizing lasting structures for the healthy integration of human and natural systems. Our team members bring to the table a wealth of experience on large and small projects around the world.

It's pronounced "hek-si-tee"

Our name is borrowed from philosophy where haecceity denotes the discrete and defining characteristics of a thing. Founded on the conviction that architects can enact meaningful change, Haeccity Studio is dedicated to exploring the defining qualities of each design challenge, making each endeavor unique in its engagement with its environment, community, and culture.

Haeccity Studio is the recipient of the 2019 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit and the 2018 Urbanarium’s First and Planner’s Prizes for the Missing Middle Competition.