Urban Design Awards- Cloister House

Urban Design Awards- Cloister House
Peter Raab

Urban Design Awards- Cloister House

The buildings and urban spaces that make Vancouver one of the most livable cities in the world were recognized last week with the inaugural Vancouver Urban Design Awards. The awards recognized 10 examples of excellence in buildings, landscapes and communities; Vancouver is home to some of the most innovative urban design and architecture, not only in Canada, but also around the world.

In recognition of this visionary thinking, the city has introduced The Urban Design Awards – a biennial celebration of the best in urban design excellence.

The best small residential building award went to the Cloister House, designed by Measured Architecture Inc. Combining stunning architecture with a commitment to sustainability, this design re-used more than 90% of the original building’s materials. Commonly perceived as “cold”, materials such as steel, wood and stone were reworked to achieve textural warmth.

This hilltop site in West Point Grey offers stunning views of the mountains and ocean. Whimsical kid-friendly elements abound from a boulder landscape to custom steel slides that run alongside the interior staircases. A 100sqft pocket garden in the center of the house offers an intimate view of a maple tree from the kitchen. The two-storey 2400-sqft-house and additional 700-sqft-laneway house, are perfect examples of the visionary, forward-thinking design that Vancouver is known for.

For more: http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/vancouver-urban-design-awards-announced/1003267457/?&er=NA