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Based in Mount Pleasant, Lanefab designs and builds custom homes and lane homes, including passive homes and duplexes.
Vancity has supported people in our communities since 1946. As part of our Made in Vancouver series highlighting local businesses, we spoke with designer Bryn Davidson, co-owner of Lanefab, about his distaste for the current Vancouver home aesthetic and what Lanefab is doing differently. Learn more about what Vancity is doing in your community at vancity.com
When asked what is the hardest thing about creating art in Vancouver, Bryn Davidson told Daily Hive Urbanized that he should be “dadhering to Vancouver’s zoning and design guidelines that fetishize the aesthetics of English cottages and 1920s colonial architecture.
Instead, his design and build company Lanefab is inspired by Mid-century modern homes, West Coast Modernism, traditional Japanese architecture, and compact passive houses from around the world.
“We are also increasingly interested in shedding light on the history of racial and class exclusion that is embedded in the zoning and city plans of most North American cities, ”Davidson said.
Since 2009, Davidson and his business partner Mat Turner have been designing and building custom homes and lane homes across the continent. The duo have built over a hundred homes to date, all of which are built greener than the building code.
Davidson began his design practice immediately after graduating from graduate school, designing homes for his friends and family in Alaska, where he had lived before moving to Vancouver in 2001.
After the 2008 global financial crisis, Davidson met with Turner to start a new business that revolved around the proposed Vancouver lane house policy that was under discussion at the time.
At the end of 2009, the new lane policy was adopted and over 65,000 lots in the city of Vancouver became eligible for the new type of housing.
Davidson told Daily Hive Urbanized that he and Turner saw themselves more as “adjacent artists” than “real artists,” but wanted to do what he could to help shape the city.
“We love Vancouver, although it can be very reserved, and the high property values make every intervention somewhat dramatic. I can’t wait to travel again so that I can get more inspiration from other places in the world.
When Lanefab does not create custom homes, the company focuses on community projects, including the design and construction of a “Tiny Townhouse” emergency shelter for homeless people, work on the St. George Rainway project, a charity performance hall for the NCP and new prototypes housing options in single-family neighborhoods in Vancouver under the cover of the Vibrant Cities project.
Because that wasn’t enough, the company also created several art installations, including a room for the inaugural LAMP exhibition and design competition.
Those who wish to contact Lanefab or find out more can do so through their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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