Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
RS1 – 002 Kennedy Residence in Vancouver, Canada by Campos Leckie Studio
February 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Campos Leckie Studio
The project was conceived as a modernist prototype for Vancouver’s ubiquitous RS-1 zoning district. The project explored the development restrictions of the residential regulations as well as the limitations of building within an urban context. The process was meant to generate a set of guidelines for what we have termed a ‘flexible prototype’ that could address the contextual differences of individual sites in a way that allows for a customized integration of passive environmental strategies, the incorporation of exterior space as part of everyday living, and the provision of an affordable and flexible live work space.
Drawing on the economies of the Vancouver Special and the idea of live/work studios, the project addressed affordability by envisioning the basement and garage as flexible spaces that can be converted from work spaces into rental units / laneway dwellings. These spaces were also designed to have sufficient flexibility over the lifetime of the project to reflect the changing nature of working at home and raising a family. In this iteration of the guidelines we were able to implement meaningful cross ventilation, natural lighting throughout, and accommodate passive heating and cooling strategies.
The project also sought to update the more traditional interpretations of living in an urban context. It incorporated landscape and exterior space as an integral part of everyday living. A large part of the second floor was integrated as deck space that runs the length of the house and is accessible from both upper floor bedrooms. The floor space made available as a result of this organization was redistributed to the basement. The resulting bedroom/office/flex room incorporated a desirable south-facing patio.
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