With our city now so laughably unaffordable, thousands of Vancouverites are stuck imagining wonderful homes instead of living in them. “Spaced” is a record of our minds wandering the world of architecture and design, up and away from the unrewarding realities of shoebox condos, dark basement suites, and sweet fuck all on Craigslist.
(via) This completely renovated 1895 coach house in The Netherlands has got it figured out in a way that might be inspiring to anyone thinking about laneway living. The shell of the structure – built in the backyard of a wealthy aristocrat (that should sound familiar to Vancouverites) – is still there in parts (ie. the brick frontage and one side), but the modern reimagining includes lots of glass, a skylight or two and what appears to be an acid-treated, polished concrete floor. The interior’s central ‘island’ structure is dominated by an enclosed kitchen surrounded by shelving and flanked by a pair of staircases. These lead to a more private mezzanine level fitted out with a bedroom, walk-in closet and combo-cantilevered office and tub. We’d take our version out of Utrecht and insert it close to home in our own neighbourhood of Strathcona.
Photography by Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink