Amanda the Architect

documenting the projects and inspirations of an unemployed intern architect with some ambition and lots of time

This Schoolhouse Rocks

Another renovation I enjoyed at the Heritage House Tour, was this schoolhouse.  It’s located in Strathcona, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver. The former school was built in 1940, and converted into 5 residences in 2010. The developer, Take Root Properties, acquired the building in 2007 and handed over the design responsibilities to Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden. The red section of the building gives a nod to the historic form of the old schoolhouse, retaining the traditional form of the building as a neighborhood landmark.

The old building was lifted to allow for extra space underneath the original building. This allowed for 50% of the original structure to be retained. The developers could have chosen to demolish the whole building and start fresh. The character of the building gives so much more to the community, and adaptive reuse is sustainable. Don’t forget the Built Green Platinum achievement.

I could live here.

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