Vanglo House by LWPAC & Vanglo
By Magaly • Aug 13, 2014
Vanglo House by LWPAC & Vanglo:
“Vancouver business owner and builder Martin Warren of Vanglo Sustainable Construction Group announces his first Vanglo House design located at 135 East 17 Avenue in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighourhood. Working in collaboration with Vancouver Architect Oliver Lang, of Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture (LWPAC), the duo teamed up to design and build one of the most striking Energy Star efficient homes in Vancouver. LWPAC was the architect and Vanglo was the builder who brought the home to life.
Highly acclaimed for its extensive residential and commercial renovations, Vanglo follows a principle of restoring and renovating homes in Vancouver whenever possible; however, when a derelict and unlivable house located at 135 East 17 caught the attention of the builder, he welcomed the opportunity to design a home in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The goal was to construct a home that not only enhanced the immediate environment but also would establish new standards in design, flexibility and energy efficient green building.
During the building process, careful consideration was given to the deconstruction of the previous dwelling and 95% of the waste material was taken to a facility that turns waste wood into bioethanol. The unique lot dictated the design of the home due to having a larger than average frontage and less than average depth. Together, Vanglo and LWPAC were able to design a home within these parameters by building a multi-faceted exterior and arranging the complex geometry of the house to create a fully flexible space with no interior load-bearing walls.
“With the unique property setting, we knew we had to be creative and maximize the space to its full potential without compromising the design and I think we have achieved that,” states Martin Warren, Vanglo builder and owner. “We also feel the neighbourhood is much like the home; it is creative, design-oriented, conscientious and bold.”
The ENERGY STAR® open concept home was designed with specific materials and construction methods to minimize future maintenance and reduce energy consumption. Vanglo minimized the use of external wood and painted surfaces, built a maintenance-free metal roof, and finished with concrete floors to place an emphasis on building a healthy, low maintenance living environment for the homeowner. The three level, single family home and garden suite are engineered to offer the future owner the choice to reconfigure the floor plan to suit their needs. The 2250 sq. ft. home includes a 300 sq. ft. outdoor lounge that transitions seamlessly into the open plan top floor.”
Photos by: Ema Peter
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