The goal for Collingwood Street Residence was to construct a lock-and-leave inner city dwelling ideal for a family or possibly a couple ready to downsize but still not wanting to ride an elevator.

Priority #1 – Design a house in context with Kitsilano’s beach community but add a modern slant. In RS 5 neighborhoods such as this one, building rules require designs to be in context with neighboring properties, which can add additional challenges when it comes to designing modern buildings.

Priority #2 – Utilize the entire lot by heavily investing in indoor-outdoor integration. This meant orienting the front door on the 120-foot side of the lot versus the 33 foot side. By doing this, it allowed us to create a completely private courtyard in the typically under utilized front yard by enclosing it with a 12 foot high hedge.

We added large disappearing sliding doors to open the courtyard up to the interior, bringing in sunlight and providing an outdoor space that is seamlessly connected to the kitchen. The same 12-foot sliding doors are mirrored on the back of the house connecting the living space to the plunge pool and sun deck in the rear of the property. Upstairs, the ceilings are vaulted in the true beach house style with ceilings clad in 1 x 4 tongue and groove paneling.