The Electra Project
The Electra is a converted office building in Vancouver B.C> that previously housed the B.C. Hydro offices. Built between 1955 and 1957 it claimed (falsely) to be the tallest building in the Commonwealth at the time. It was converted into living space in 1998. When approached to do this project by local architect Inge Roecker, I was excited to work with IKEA materials in order to fulfill the design, which was based on making the existing dining room into a stowaway bedroom with the movement of a few sliding panels. IKEA has most furniture makers (including myself) cringing at the thought of throw away furniture, made far away. However, in practice using the IKEA materials was a classic case of constraint being the driver of creativity. Instead of disposable design, we used the ready made materials to create a lasting design. We upgraded the standard condominium kitchen with some solid Oak butcher block counter top keeping costs down and looks up.