Vanglo House

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Year
  • 2014
  • Square Feet
  • 1800
  • Lot Size
  • 66’ x 40’ (w x d)
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • This project page was created by community member LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture

    The Vanglo house has been designed as a truly urban dwelling for a compact inner city infill site, in the centrally located Main Street area of Vancouver. This required a departure from typical Vancouver housing typologies.

    The design approach focusses on essential qualities such as adaptability and flexibility to changing living conditions, access to daylight while mitigating privacy, access to outdoor living while being on a small urban infill site and the ability to generate income from a rental suite.An inverted vertical organization provides a delightful living/play/entertainment room placedon the top floor in to the tree canopy, doubling up the living space with a threshold free deck.

    The design evolves social aspects of urban homes including the porch and large entry stair(stoop). The house is set with a strong street presence and the facade and roof slope articulation are unexpected responses to outright bylaw requirements. It redefines these various issues in engaging and contemporary expressions, attempting to link the history of the City into an urban future.

    Urban Art and Abstraction
    The house was designed as a form of urban art. The white creased concrete fibre panels unify the body of the house and blur typical expressions of floor levels while the roof and facade create a continuos form. The windows form an abstract expression and strategically perforate the south facing skin to mediate daylight and privacy.


    Sustainability and Adaptability

    The Vanglo house was designed to meet the latest sustainability standards. The previous structure has been carefully deconstructed and largely recycled, the new house is energy star compliant, has triple glazed windows and a high performance envelope. The house is very compact with a 1,300 sf 3BR main unit and a 500sf 1BR suite plus a flex area. Adaptable floor plans with clear spanning structure across the entire building width allow for a high degree of adaptability for a choice of office, family, recreational or income rental uses.

    Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver

    Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver

    Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver

    Vanglo House, Vancouver BC, Urban Design Award City of Vancouver

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    LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture
    @lwpac
    WWW.LWPAC.NET L W P A C, Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture is a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm that engages at the interface between architecture, urban culture and technology. The firm is deeply engaged in design that facilitates connective, adaptable and generative building solutions as sustainable platforms for life. The firm was founded by principals Oliver Lang and Cynthia Wilson in 1998 in New York City, and has been based in Vancouver BC Canada since 1999. Oliver Lang is a graduate of Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, with a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design. He holds a professional degree Diplom Ingenieur Architektur (M.Arch) from the Berlin University of Technology with studies at the ETSA Barcelona UPC. He is a licensed architect in British Columbia, New York USA and North Rhine-Westphalia Germany. He has served for over 20 years on leading faculties in North America, South America and Europe in research and teaching with a focus on mixed-use urban housing, public architecture and emerging technologies. He has served as Chair for Urban Design Panels for the City of Vancouver and the University of BC. Cindy Wilson holds a professional B.Arch and an undergraduate B.Arts from the University of British Columbia. She is actively involved in all LWPAC projects and provides leadership in design research for urban design/development and new forms of mixed use housing. She has taught design at the University of British Columbia and regularly serves as a thesis mentor and critic. L W P A C’s work has been broadly recognized with a Governor General’s and Lieutenant Governor’s Medals Awards of Excellence, repeat AIBC Innovation Awards, Design Exchange Award and a Home of the Year Award by Architecture Magazine. LWPAC was named Designer of the Year Award by Western Living and won a BC Wood Design Award from the Canadian Wood Council. In 2014 and 2016 the firm was recognized with three Urban Design Awards by the City of Vancouver. In 2014 LWPAC won the high profile commission to design the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, a public art museum. Completed projects include among others ROAR_one, Monad, the UBC Dairy Research Centre Housing, the UTFSM Architecture School building and the Vanglo House. The firm has pioneered a new approach to mixed use urban housing that integrates livability, community focus, sustainability and affordability into one consistent yet adaptable design and construction solution through the use of an off-site prefabricated housing technology systems platform.
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