West 21st Avenue Residence

Vancouver, BC

  • Location: Dunbar
  • Lot Area: 5,120 s.f.
  • Square Footage: 1,720 s.f.
  • Completion: 2010

This single family residence is the first LEED Platinum and Built Green Platinum home in Western Canada.

The home is designed both as a home for our client, and as a demonstration suite for their sustainable home building and renovation company, Natural Balance Premium Home Builders.

As a response to our clients’ appreciation of modern architecture, and desire for a flexible plan that accommodates entertaining, intimacy, and the potential for growth, the design created large, integrated, indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces without sacrificing a sense of domestic intimacy. The interior/exterior relationships of the patios and gardens, integral within the architectural design, merged the whole site into a cohesive living space.

The house itself is defined into two zones, connected by a central, open stair. The first half of the house is two-storeys, affording high ceilings and a roof-deck; the second half provides three-storeys, with more moderate ceiling heights including a lower floor that opens onto a sunken courtyard. The central, open stair is lit from above by a large skylight, flooding daylight into the interconnected floor spaces between.

The approach to the project was very collaborative, and a strong working relationship was established between the Architect, Client/Builder, Landscape Designer, and Energy Consultant.

The success of the project was the result of a shared vision between all of the professionals involved: to develop a home that integrates strong design and high-end finishing with sustainable building practices, and a conscious choice for energy reduction and environmentally-friendly products.

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