Collingwood House

Collingwood House

Designer
BLA Design Group
Location
Vancouver, BC, Canada | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Private Houses
Andrew Latreille
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
AppliancesGaggenau
FurnitureRove Concepts
BathwareBlu Bathworks
SA0107N37.01
BT0305N17.01
BLU
WindowsKolbe Windows and Doors
VistaLuxe Collection
VistaLuxe Collection
VistaLuxe
LightingNormann Copenhagen
Bell Lamp Large
KitchenBulthaup

Product Spec Sheet
Appliances
Bathware
BLU, BT0305N17.01, SA0107N37.01 by Blu Bathworks
Windows
VistaLuxe, VistaLuxe Collection, VistaLuxe Collection by Kolbe Windows and Doors
Lighting
Bell Lamp Large by Normann Copenhagen
Kitchen

The Collingwood House

BLA Design Group as Designers

The Collingwood House is a unique local collaboration between an established practice and an emerging studio to create a living accommodation that is responsive and personal. It is a successful example of small-scale residential architecture which utilizes its immediate context and the local climate to generate a sensitive contemporary house.

photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille

Upon winning the Beebreeders’ Microhome competition in 2019, Bla Design Group received their first commissioned project, the Collingwood House. They invited Campos Studio to collaborate, to bring their approach to architecture in which each project is led by the specific conditions of the local context. With a site located in a traditional residential neighbourhood comprised of diverse architectural styles, the design of the Collingwood House became a sensitive contemporary response rooted in local context, climate and culture.

photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille
photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille

The project draws from the Craftsman housing stock that formed original settling of Vancouver. From this, ideas of the porch, cover and textural facade became part of the design. From the West Coast Modern tradition, careful attention was paid to the transitions between interior space and garden. The resulting dwelling tied together these typologies found in the surrounding neighbourhood. Transparency, texture and light drove the interior and exterior of the house.

photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille
photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille
photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille

The quality of light in Vancouver changes drastically with the seasons. A blackened gable roof wraps the dwelling, defining its form amongst the winter’s dull grey skies, with windows letting in light from above. As the seasons change and the trees begin to blossom, the form remains defined but the textured cedar facade begins to blend into the natural environment. This colour palette allows the contemporary dwelling to maintain a sophisticated, yet humble appearance year round.
The interior of the house is light, airy and soft contrasted by warm wood and black detailing throughout. This palette allows for a calm and relaxing atmosphere, especially during the grey winter season. Large corner windows are positioned beside a floating staircase, allowing natural light to flood the entire length of the living spaces.

photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille
photo_credit Andrew Latreille
Andrew Latreille

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