Trade Se­crets

Bring her­itage and con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments to­gether around a neu­tral colour pal­ette.

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How Frank Ar­chi­tec­ture mod­ern­ized a his­toric res­i­den­tial space.

When Frank Ar­chi­tec­ture was tasked with ren­o­vat­ing this va­cant suite in a Cal­gary her­itage build­ing, they started from scratch. Prin­ci­pals Kate Allen, Kelly Mor­ri­son and Kris­ten Lien pulled off the dry­wall to ex­pose the ex­ist­ing brick and then lay­ered on mod­ern de­tails—an im­ported-from-Italy Scavolini kitchen, an an­gu­lar light fix­ture and smooth Co­rian coun­ter­tops. The sleek fin­ishes are a tex­tu­ral con­trast to the rugged brick and warm, weath­ered floor, but a grey-toned pal­ette—colours nat­u­ral to the space—ties all of the el­e­ments, old and new, to­gether, “to work with the char­ac­ter of the ex­ist­ing build­ing,” says Lien.

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