11 Skylights Brighten a Compact, Narrow Home in Vancouver

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Strategically placed windows and a neutral color palette allow this 2,200-square-foot home to boast an airy, open feel, despite its unusually skinny lot.

Looking at the well-illuminated, white-washed interiors, one might not guess that the house is in fact slotted into a 20-by-200-foot site—the size of an average back lane. 

The team behind Randy Bens Architect worked with Moosehead Contracting and Falken Reynolds Interiors to create this minimalist family home on St. George Street in Vancouver, Canada. 

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Inspired by Scandinavia, Japan, and the West coast, Falken Reynolds Interiors has infused a style that they describe as "Canadian Nordic" to this Vancouver home.

Inspired by Scandinavia, Japan, and the West coast, Falken Reynolds Interiors has infused a style that they describe as "Canadian Nordic" to this Vancouver home.

"The unique site of the 2,200-square-foot St. George Street house inspired us to get creative with our design process and visually create more space," says Chad Falkenberg, principal of Falken Reynolds. 

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The clean lines of the house’s minimalist façade is accented by standing-seam metal cladding. 

The clean lines of the house’s minimalist façade is accented by standing-seam metal cladding. 

Using a technique of atmospheric perspective, the design team incorporated 11 skylights to the interior. Not only did this allow walls to be washed with natural light, it also created the illusion of amplified depth.    

A courtyard in the mid-section of the house draws plenty of light to its center. 

A courtyard in the mid-section of the house draws plenty of light to its center. 

A Bensen Endless Sectional covered in Kvadrat Raf Simons fabrics sits in the living room.

A Bensen Endless Sectional covered in Kvadrat Raf Simons fabrics sits in the living room.

A crisp palette of toned woods and fresh white paint give the indoor and outdoor spaces a light and open feel.

A crisp palette of toned woods and fresh white paint give the indoor and outdoor spaces a light and open feel.

Concealed storage along the walls of the interior corridors maximize space and help maintain a clutter-free look.

Concealed storage along the walls of the interior corridors maximize space and help maintain a clutter-free look.

A staircase with Nordic Oak treads and a slatted steel guardrail.

A staircase with Nordic Oak treads and a slatted steel guardrail.

A Bocci 84.21 pendant, Bensen chairs, and Delta art lighting can be found in the dining room.

A Bocci 84.21 pendant, Bensen chairs, and Delta art lighting can be found in the dining room.

In the kitchen, white lacquer millwork is complemented by white glass.

In the kitchen, white lacquer millwork is complemented by white glass.

A skylight creates interesting light play at the top of the staircase landing.

A skylight creates interesting light play at the top of the staircase landing.

A Bensen chair and shelves, along with a Diurne carpet from Salari, sit in the den.

A Bensen chair and shelves, along with a Diurne carpet from Salari, sit in the den.

The living room opens to a back patio.

The living room opens to a back patio.

A look at the master bedroom.  

A look at the master bedroom.  

The home is styled with Bensen furniture in exclusive Raf Simons fabrics, as well as Cloth Studio linens, curtains, and bedding. 

The home is styled with Bensen furniture in exclusive Raf Simons fabrics, as well as Cloth Studio linens, curtains, and bedding. 

Mutina tiles have been used for the floor and walls in the kids' bathroom.   

Mutina tiles have been used for the floor and walls in the kids' bathroom.   

A peek inside the powder room.  

A peek inside the powder room.  

The plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms are from Blu Bathworks.

The plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms are from Blu Bathworks.

The St. George Street House floor plan.

The St. George Street House floor plan.

Project Credits: 

Architecture: Randy Bens Architect / @randybens

Interior design: Falken Reynolds Interiors / @falkenreynolds

Builder: Moosehead Contracting 

Structural engineering: Ennova Structural Engineers 

Landscape design: Teer Co.