This New Vancouver Special is a simple solution to the problems brought about by the classic local house plan: known in this competition as the Vancouver Special.
The volume of this house, in its entirety, is simple. The symmetrical development of the plan, on a grid organization, permits it to be realized more easily and keeps construction costs down.
The intervention on the ground floor, taking the program into account, is minimal. A single, central room regroups services (mechanical, laundry, w.c.) and divides the space. Living room, dining room, kitchen, family room pivot around this nucleus. Four structural columns reaffirm the division of the diverse spaces on the ground floor.
On the second floor, three bedrooms revolve, once again, around a nucleus. This central area is superimposed on that of the ground floor.
Equally noticeable, are two prolongations of space, one on each side of the master bedroom, which continue up from the ground floor. These extensions, as well as containing the vertical circulation, give a more formal character to the entrance area, the living room, and dining room. They also modulate and enrich the space.
This house can easily be integrated into the designated area as the elevations recapture the proportions and dimensions of the neighbouring buildings.
(Excerpt from official publication)
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