May 22, 2014

Timeless spaces

Architect James Cheng’s sleek, sophisticated design for Brentwood One is complemented by the European styling within.


Brentwood One, the initial 63-storey residential component of Shape Properties’ redevelopment of Burnaby’s Brentwood mall, is designed to be timeless inside and out. The architecture by James Cheng is simple, sleek and sophisticated, to contrast with the activity below, where the 28-acre master-planned community will combine shopping, dining and entertainment with an open-air high street and one-acre public plaza connected to transit.

Kasia Chamberlain and Ada Bonini of BYU Design took a similar approach to the interiors, displayed in three show suites open daily from noon to 5 p.m. “The idea really was to create timeless spaces, European styling, providing quite a lot of storage and living space within this small footprint,” says Chamberlain. Homes range from 593 to 1,426 square feet and are priced from $299,000. Located on floors 33 to 63, all 291 suites will have stunning views, large windows and generous decks.

The Amazing Brentwood’ will have homes, shops, entertainment and a high street

Each show suite has been decorated to appeal to a different sort of buyer. The largest, with two bedrooms, two baths, a wraparound deck and a flex space outfitted as a home office, would be great for families, says Chamberlain. She describes the décor as bright and light with a Scandinavian feel. A Mongolian lamb cover softens the B&B Italia J.J. armchair, accessories include earthy Benjamin Hubert terracotta storage pots and Heath Ceramics bowls, and hits of burnt orange appear throughout the home.

The clean-lined European cabinets with integrated pulls are a mix of white lacquer and white oak; the wide-plank laminate floors, used in bedrooms and living areas, are also white oak. The materials repeat throughout the suite: for the bathroom vanities, the optional dining table attached to the kitchen island and the custom millwork, as well as the Bensen Homework desk and Hiroshima chair by Maruni in the home office. Kitchen counters in all homes are white quartz, and backsplashes are marble, replaced here with a window to provide a view into the suite from outside the sales centre.

A second show suite, with two bedrooms and two baths, is designed for a couple of empty-nesters. “This suite has a Four Seasons type of look,” says Chamberlain, “so a little more refined, elegant, something you would see when you would go to a high-end hotel.” Here the white lacquer cabinets are combined with grey wood veneer, a white marble kitchen backsplash and grey wide-plank floors. The furnishings are a mix of high and low, local and imported: the kitchen chairs are from B&B Italia, the Sherman sofa is by Minotti, the living room rug is by Vancouver designer Zoe Luyendijk, the resin art piece on the media wall is by Tom Burrows, and the Aero flatware is from Crate and Barrel. The extra-large deck is furnished with both a lounge and a dining area, with a cylindrical Element Fuego propane barbecue that is perfect for small spaces.

The third suite, with one bedroom and one bath, is set up for a single man. “The theme here is a little more black and white, high contrast, hints of gold, really masculine,” says Chamberlain. The kitchen, with all-white lacquer cabinets and a striking black marble backsplash, has the island and breakfast bar that are standard in all suites but without the optional dining table. Like the larger suites, it has a full wall of pantry cabinets, integrated fridge and dishwasher, gas cooktop and a laundry with side-by-side washer and dryer, storage shelves and bars for hanging clothes.

Floors are a blackish-grey wide-plank laminate. The custom millwork – a built-in desk in the kitchen nook, cabinetry in the walk-through closet between the bedroom and bath – is walnut. On the deck, which runs the full width of the suite, a reclaimed wood drum table by Brent Comber offsets tall black-and-gold Petra vases from 18 Karat. •

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