Vancouver is a city of architectural extremes: thousands of pint-sized condominiums on the downtown peninsula and, across the water, enormous single-family houses. Architect D’Arcy Jones has forged a name for himself with the clever orchestration of small and mid-size houses. But his latest project, a spacious residence on the city’s west side, offers a different solution: a kind of micro-village for an extended family.
Built for an art-collecting couple and their two teenage kids, the Yan Residence addresses a growing phenomenon of contemporary family living: how to incorporate secondary dwellings without sacrificing the inherent privacy of a single-family home. In this case, the clients wanted to include future accommodation for aging parents. In the end, Jones designed three autonomous living units on the one-acre lot while sequestering each from the noisy thoroughfare that fronts the property.