Home ripples with energy
Principles of feng shui incorporated into the design of Burnaby house
by Jane Vorbrodt
Yuen Huang always knew he wanted to build his own home — a space to be enjoyed with wife Jia, three-year-old son Yii and his parents.
Such a home would also be a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Huang selected a site on a hilly area above Brentwood Mall in Burnaby, a quiet neighbourhood where his family had settled after arriving in Canada from Taiwan in 1978. The newly completed home now fits in easily with its neighbours — mainly well-maintained two-storey mid-century houses on wide lots — but it’s far from typical.
Painted a warm grey, it has a low metal roofline running horizontally across its face, a modern nod to traditional Asian architecture.
“When we were designing this house, we could have built a humongous big-box square with three floors,” Huang says. “But I said, don’t try to be the biggest and the baddest. You have to show some respect to the neighbourhood. Blend in, with class and quality.”
It’s clear from the outset that this is no ordinary home.
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(Project designed by Imu Chan, principal and director of FSOARK, a Vancouver-based architecture firm.)