A renovation of a 1950s living space is completed designed by the Canadian architect Randy Bens. The project which is called The Screen House is located in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada. Which is precisely located in a war post suburban neighborhood in the city of New Westminster, BC, the architect is ordered by the client to add a new floor to an existing 1954 bungalow. The neighbouringhood is sits at the prow of a hill; it is also rich with the modernist architecture from that era. Which is too small for the architect client, the existing house has an L-shaped bungalow. The client itself is as artist and the psychologist who has the three boys ages 17 up to 26. The new floor which is designed by the architect is intended as the domain of the parents, while the boys will acquire the main bedrooms of a more suitable size. The addition inside the house will be composed of a studio, master suite and a deck to take the advantage of the view. Architecturally, knit together the old and new with the simple gestures and the materials which will be the sympatric to their context is the goal of this project, yet fresh
Massing and Architectural Expression.
The desire to stack the new program on the existing wall is influencing the overall massing. Beside the creation of a new exterior space on the second floor with the access to views and the sunlight also influence it. The horizontal screen is introduced to counter the vertical nature of the resulting mass, and the shade the south is facing the living room, which is gives the composition of a more restful and balanced the appearance. A covered entry to the east and an open structured space to the west is created by the screen which is extends past the living room in both directions, where there will be a stand of a bamboo. At the ground plane, it is introduce a concrete planter/ plinth/ address wall to further reinforce the horizontality of the screen.
There is a strong desire to have the house respond to the 1950’s and 1960’s post and beam houses in the neighborhood. The vertical cedar siding, gently sloping roofs, exposed glulam beams and rafters are all present, but contemporary in their composition. Two devices are used to mediate between the existing and the new openings, it is to gives the facades order and cohesion. Above and besides the existing window openings is placed the bright rolled zinc panels, then it is aligned with a new openings above. A simple through-wall is flashing detail serves as a datum for the window heads, mullions and sills, and it is present on a wall facades.
Interiors and Materials
The main floor interior is left largely intact and the simple palette of the hardwood floors, wood trims and off-white walls is continued throughout the new second floor and it is serves as a neutral backdrop for the client’s collection. As the result of it’s a warm interior is punctuated by the color and as intense play of light generated by the screen.
The two floors are united by a new steel stair and the solid wood thredsmatch the recycled fir flooring which is used throughout the second floor. The new millwork is constructed from a mixture of an Appleply and Plyboo bamboo wood. While the walls are clad in the blue back-painted glass, the millwork in the ensuite has the Paperstone, a recycled paper, on the counter and tub tops. On the floor and the shower walls to complete the palette, a composite recycled tile is used.
PROJECT TEAM & STATISTICS
- Size: 3500 sq. ft. (including 1200 sq. ft addition)
- Architecture: Randy Bens
- Contractor: Basil Restorations Ltd., New Westminster
- Structural Engineer: Ennova Structural Engineers Inc.
- Millwork: Topal Custom Cabinets
- Photographs: Roger Brooks Photography