• GIBSONS BEACH HOUSE

This artist's residence on the Gibsons Waterfront is now complete! The original home was in disrepair but the new owners saw a lot of promise and great structural bones. We were enlisted to surgically alter the interior spaces and give the outside a much needed facelift. Here is the result!!! ...

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  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio

We paid a visit to our project site in Powell River this December and how pleased we were to see the progress! The project is for a Main House and Studio/Workshop space for a couple from Vancouver. And what a beautiful waterfront setting this is! Breathtaking waterviews can be seen from virtually every room in the house. The cozy Studio at the back of the property doesn't lose out on the view either, perched above it looks over the roof of the Main House to the ocean beyond. It was so great to see how warm and bright the whole house and the studio feel bathed in winter sunlight! Access to light was a big concern for the clients and the house is sited and designed to take maximum advantage of solar gain. A nice grove of trees surrounds the buildings, the clients were adamant about preserving as many trees as possible on the site and the trees do add to the feeling of peaceful and seclu ...

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It’s official! The Spiritual Practice of Architecture gets published on Elephant Journal

I've been a reader of Elephant Journal for a long time, I love the inspirational content and most of all the authenticity of the writers. Today I have the privilege to be one of the writers for Elephant Journal! My article "The Spiritual Practice of Architecture" managed to capture their hearts and now it's officially up! It's been such an honor for me to collaborate with such amazing people! And I'm sure it won't be the last time... Here it goes, please share and enjoy! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/06/the-spiritual-practice-of-architecture-ana-sandrin/   ...

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The Spiritual Practice of Architecture

Intro As far as I can remember as a kid I have wanted to be an architect. My first recollection of expressing such an interest was in grade 6, when we were asked to write an essay about the career we imagined for ourselves, as if we were describing a typical workday. Without hesitation I put down words visualizing a client coming into my office filled with dreams and on this blank piece of paper before me I began to transform their dreams into reality – there began my dream to become an architect.  Today I have made architecture my career and established my own architecture practice with my husband, Howard, who I met in architecture school. It’s been a long journey. I could not have predicted where this path would take me nonetheless I followed my bliss - sometimes passionately, sometimes arduously, sometimes optimistically, sometimes naively, at times disillusioned, frustrated or exh ...

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  • West Van Uplift near completion!
  • West Van Uplift near completion!
  • West Van Uplift near completion!

We are so excited to see this home renovation project of ours in West Vancouver getting near completion! We just dropped by for a site visit and were so pleased with what we saw! It is hard to believe it is the same house. Absolutely beautiful construction and attention to details! The owner wanted to stay very true to the original design and did not settle for less. It's amazing to look at the rendering next to the construction photo and how close they are to each other! It is certainly a treat for us architects each time to see something manifest in reality just as we had envisioned in the drawing, it makes our work worthwhile! And the part that is even more gratifying is seeing our clients so happy and proud of their new home!  The landscaping will be going in next, and then it will be time for some beautiful architectural photography to document the project. Stay posted! ...

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Build your own Sit/Stand Desk Workshop

Do you ache, feel tired and uncomfortable while working on your computer? Is your creativity and productivity being affected too?   We are partnering up with physiotherapist Rosalind Ferry to give you tips on how to improve your posture and save your back while doing computer work. On Wednesday April 30th at 7pm Rosalind will be presenting her new book "In Praise of Good Posture" and we will be collaborating with a presentation on how to build your own Sit/Stand Desk. This is a simple concept we have designed for our office and which has greatly improved the health of our backs. We will be sharing it and instructing others on how to build their own simply and inexpensively.     This free event will be part of the Anniversary Party for The North Shore Sports Medicine. There will be refreshments, appetizers, door prizes, and you might even bump ...

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  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?
  • What can your Imagination tell you about yourself?

It has been so exciting to watch the online entries coming in from all over the world for the Journey into the Spaces of the Imagination!  Here are the travelers' impressions of each of the Spaces!   This guided Journey will take you through 10 different archetypal Spaces.  Want to find out what each of these archetypal Spaces symbolize?  Take the Journey!   If you have taken the Journey, share a bit about your impressions and what you have learned about yourself through the Spaces!  And don't forget to join the Spaces of the Imagination Facebook Group to connect with fellow travelers on the Journey and to get more insights as the Journey unfolds!    The Journey is yours to Discover!  ...

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Journey into the Spaces of the Imagination

Hi everyone! We're so excited to announce this fun little product we developed - It's a guided visualization journey in the format of a game, it can be ordered online and makes for a great gift or conversation piece! The Journey takes you through 10 different archetypal Spaces and is designed to free the Imagination and to access different aspects of ourselves. It can be used during the design process of a home to expand possibilities but can also be taken for personal expansion even if you don't have a specific project in mind. As a quick exercise, try closing your eyes and imagine that you are walking through a Forest. What kind of trees do you see? What time of day and season is it? What feeling does this Space evoke for you? Would you want to linger here, pass through or just leave quickly? The image that pops into your mind is unique to you. We can learn to interpret th ...

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  • 2013 Art Crawl!
  • 2013 Art Crawl!
  • 2013 Art Crawl!
  • 2013 Art Crawl!
  • 2013 Art Crawl!
  • 2013 Art Crawl!
  • 2013 Art Crawl!

What fun we had at the Art Crawl this weekend! Over 200 people came to visit us! This year we showcased new work from France by Dana Caple Smith and Maggie Schell's "Coming Home" Series. It's been a great collaboration between art and architecture, now in our third year participating in this amazingly vibrant community event! So many talented artists have exhibited this weekend, more info and coverage about the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl here. The photos are by Katherine Penfold, who has done awesome coverage of this year's show! Looking forward to the next one! ...

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