A GLOBALLY-INSPIRED MODERN PENTHOUSE IN GASTOWN
Water Street is currently one of Vancouver's trendiest design stretches, and our goal was to create a calming modern space that embodied the character of the neighbourhood, past and present.
A HISTORIC BUILDING IN A HISTORIC LOCATION
Perched atop the historic Terminus Hotel, built in 1901, the Vancouver penthouse apartment was constructed as a rooftop extension in 2008, forming part of a revitalization project to transform a piece of historic Gastown into a vibrant residential and commercial neighbourhood.
MIXING OLD WITH NEW
"We wanted to juxtapose historic industrial and clean modern design, with the latter being the underpinning of everything," notes Ben Leavitt, Creative Director and Co-owner of the Vancouver-based design firm. In this project, the "clients" were actually Leavitt and his partner. The design was at times a balancing act between Leavitt's love of maximalism and his partner’s request for calming, minimalist interiors.
INSPIRED BY THE CLIENTS' LOVE OF EASTERN CULTURE
The playful chartreuse chair from Vancouver-based Bensen looked like a space-age version of the classic wing-back chair, which was the perfect counterpart for the nearly 600-pound terracotta warrior. This statue was one of the few items that
migrated from Leavitt’s previous abode, a replica he purchased while on a working trip in China.
A SWOON-WORTHY GLOBAL MINIMALIST'S DREAM
Matching is the death of dynamic design. Instead we strive for complementary. (It’s much more fun!)
Leavitt is a diehard maximalist, his partner Vish: a staunch minimalist. When the two joined households, Leavitt was tasked with melding these distinct styles into their new Gastown penthouse. Check out the December issue of WL Condo to see full details on how he struck that balance to create a bright, modern and eclectic dream home.