Marianne Amodio and Har­ley Grusko

Ar­chi­tects, MA+HG Ar­chi­tects

Vancouver Magazine - - DESIGN CITY - —As told to David Ki­tai

Sure, ar­chi­tec­ture power cou­ple Marianne Amodio and Har­ley Grusko are se­ri­ous de­sign­ers, build­ing in­tel­li­gent, func­tional spa­ces through­out Van­cou­ver, like the APT co-liv­ing space on West 12th, the up­com­ing low-rise Tomo House in South Main or the Hol­ly­wood The­atre ren­o­va­tion. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a lit­tle play­ful, too—bold colours and whim­si­cal lines are their calling cards.

How would you de­scribe your ap­proach to de­sign?

M: Work­ing with home­own­ers, our ap­proach is dif­fer­ent from work­ing with de­vel­op­ers. Home­own­ers tend to be per­sonal and more col­lab­o­ra­tive. H: We want to work with peo­ple as much as we want to work with build­ings.

M: With de­vel­op­ers, they trust our in­stinct. The ap­proach be­comes more about how we en­vi­sion the site, how we think about the ur­ban con­text, sus­tain­abil­ity, et cetera. H: Our hearts lie in look­ing to aid in the af­ford­abil­ity cri­sis. This leads us to projects that tend to be more about multi-fam­ily dwellings.

You fo­cus on smaller, smarter liv­ing spa­ces in your res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture.

M: We’re re­spond­ing to a real need. When I started, one of the first projects I got was the MAD (house), and that was the first inkling of this af­ford­abil­ity cri­sis: eight mem­bers of a fam­ily de­cid­ing to live un­der one roof. We work this way be­cause our spa­ces have to get smaller, and we need to un­pack the idea of how much space we re­ally need.

What is miss­ing from Van­cou­ver’s ar­chi­tec­ture?

M: There are a bunch of awe­some young ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tices out there, but a more youth­ful voice is miss­ing. Van­cou­ver is a very con­ser­va­tive city, and we want to show the city what we’re ca­pa­ble of—break­ing down bar­ri­ers of what we do and the way we al­ways do it. Invit­ing firms like us and even younger prac­tices has been miss­ing for a while.

What im­pact do you think your work has had on how Van­cou­verites ex­pe­ri­ence the city?

H: We feel we’ve cre­ated suc­cess when peo­ple find some whimsy in our build­ings, even some re­lief from the daily rigours of life.

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