Measured Architecture, 90% recycled, Cloister House, Vancouver, playful elements, Japanese stone mason, Tamatsu Tongu, artist Fei Disbrow, weathering steel ladder, recycled bungalow

Concrete and steel are commonly perceived as ‘cold’ building materials, but the architects manipulated them to achieve textural warmth in and out the house. The grey walls have an organic texture achieved by impressing charred wooden planks just before the composite material dries out. A playful industrial edge is given to the design with an outdoors weathering steel sculpture and ladder by local artist Fei Disbrow and an indoor steel slide for the kids.

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Measured Architecture, 90% recycled, Cloister House, Vancouver, playful elements, Japanese stone mason, Tamatsu Tongu, artist Fei Disbrow, weathering steel ladder, recycled bungalow

Concrete and blackened wooden planks appear throughout the house serving as a common visual framework for the project, which was possible thanks to a local recycling program supported by the City of Vancouver. The program allowed the architects to rescue over 90 percent of materials from the previous 1940s bungalow that was demolished.

Measured Architecture, 90% recycled, Cloister House, Vancouver, playful elements, Japanese stone mason, Tamatsu Tongu, artist Fei Disbrow, weathering steel ladder, recycled bungalow

The outdoor area features a tranquil aesthetic with a safe play space and undulating boulders, which may seem native to the site but in fact were crafted from locally-sourced stones by Japanese master stone mason Tamatsu Tongu.

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Photos by Andrew Latreille and Nic Lehoux