This laneway home was built using prefabricated mass timber CLT panels on a site in Vancouver. The siting of the home locates the glazed sliding doors and a balcony on the lane side while keeping privacy toward the intimate courtyard with the main home.

Project Name: Prefabricated Laneway Home
Studio Name:
DPo Architecture
Project size: 475 ft2
Site size: 3060 ft2
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 2
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Photography: Grant Harder

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Dining Space ©Grant Harder

An early design decision was to use a wood CLT structural system and to expose the material as an interior finish.

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View from Garden ©Grant Harder

Concrete floors with radiant heat generate enough heat in the winter and also help store solar gain through the west-facing glazing.

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Aerial View ©Grant Harder

Rusting steel panels also make a strong presence in the design as cladding on the exterior. A succulent low maintenance green roof helps with rainwater harvesting on the site.

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