ABOUT OUR WORK:
The projects displayed below are those undertaken solely by MOTIV Architects. Please Click on PREVIOUS WORK for a larger list showing three decades worth of Tracey and Asher's work from previous firms.
A simple cafe and coffee roastery in Lacombe, Alberta.
The First Church of the Nazarene occupies a unique site just off the thoroughfare of Kingsway in Vancouver’s Kensington Cedar-Cottage Neighbourhood. It is caught between the higher density development of the arterial and the smaller scale neighbourhood to the south.
The Church has long been an important part of the local community and wants to remain an ‘urban church,’ engaged in its neighbourhood by providing much needed services and space: a daycare, chapel, kitchen, and classrooms.
Most importantly the community wants to use this redevelopment as an opportunity to provide much needed rental housing - particularly for seniors and families.
The design challenge is twofold - to meet the program needs of combining living units with a complex mixture of other uses while also providing a clear identity for the church that is visible along Kingsway, yet a ‘good neighbour’ to the smaller scale residential properties to the west and south.
TRIUMF is Canada’s national particle accelerator centre - its premier physics laboratory. It is operated by a consortium of universities and houses the world’s largest cyclotron.
TRIUMF celebrates its 50th Birthday in 2018 - 50 years of world class research in an ever-changing state-of-the-art facility.
On an extremely tight budget - the design brief was to bring a contemporary refresh to the finishes, furniture and graphic displays of the entry lobby - creating a vibrant, bright and progressive entrance.
Design inspiration was drawn from the incredible industrial spaces of the facility - it’s enormous meson hall housing the cyclotron, its intricate beam lines and particle detectors. Furniture, finishes and landscaping draw on the character, colour and form of these elements to create a welcoming new front door for TRIUMF.
The Eton accessory building is a simple structure in the neighbourhood of Hastings Sunrise. Envisioned to alternate between a studio for the owner's industrial bag and belt fabrication company "REFIRE" and an actual garage to tinker on a fully restored 1959 Chevy half ton, it has been designed not just for storage, but for human occupancy. It is made of Cross Laminated Timber with skylights and windows, with a wide operable wall on the garden side - providing both a visual and physical connection to the yard and garden. Construction was coordinated by the owners with the strategic help of friends and Nicola Logworks.
The Harvest Market is part of a larger development designed around a working organic farm and a series of historical farm buildings. It will provide incubator retail space for small start-up food-based enterprises, supported by a commissary kitchen, delivery access, public eating area and public washrooms. Multiple configurations of space are provided, allowing for growth and transformation of businesses as they mature and diversify.
Significant public realm is provided around the market with pedestrian connections to the lane and brewpub to the east and to the Market square to the north. A stone inlay pathway conveys the sequence of the changing seasons and the celebration of all of the events of farming from planting, to tending, harvesting, processing, storing and selling of produce; farm to table.
Residential apartments are integrated in the large form of the main ‘barn’ structure providing 24/7 animation of the site and a richness of use to the centre of the development. This project was an important opportunity for MOTIV to implement core strategies for integrating agriculture back into urban living and to celebrate food in the design of retail and public space.
This house makes a nod to mid-century modernism, commissioned by two architects for their retirement property perched above the Kettle Valley Railway Trail overlooking Okanagan Lake.
Simple lines, a planar cross laminated timber ceiling and expansive glass allow the lake view to take centre stage. A strong connection between interior and exterior and provision for exterior solar shading extend the living space out to the large deck and pool area. Choice of cladding and exterior stone along with native grasses and flowers on the slope down to the KVRT blend with the existing features of the site.
Swallowfield is a working hobby farm in the berry-field landscape of the rural Fraser Valley. It is a haven that welcomes many people to enjoy the produce from its gardens, orchards, flocks and herds. The design challenge was to create a building that would serve the needs of the farm, and also offer a community gathering space to enjoy the farm's bounty, its beauty and its peace and quiet.
The new building nestles snugly against the existing barn. It is a simple barn designed for simple inhabitants - resident cattle, swine, and fowl. The project houses a new workshop on the ground floor and hay storage on the upper floor. It has a straightforward functional plan that works for the farmer, the woodworker, the animals, and any visitors.
The design pays homage to the simplicity of traditional barn buildings, maintaining a simple roof form that spans across the hay loft free of structural cross-bracing. It is built using conventional construction techniques combined with state of the art engineered timber connections.
2017 - present
The site for this farmhouse is being returned to the Agricultural Land Reserve from former industrial uses, a rare occurrence in today's development driven market. The area has a rich and unique history, having formerly been at the edge of Sumas Lake, which was dredged in the 1920's to make way for vast tracts of tulip fields and farmland.
This farmhouse and shop take cues from the older history of the site - hearkening back to the piers and canneries that were abandoned miles from the water when the lake was dredged. Simple forms and materials also speak of the more simple Agrarian lifestyle to which this growing family wants to get back to.
Living and dining areas cantilever out from a simple solid form housing bedrooms and services. These more public spaces on the upper floors are thus elevated to capture the view of distant Sumas mountain across the beautiful fields below.
We were privileged to work alongside a local community in rural Sierra Leone to design and build a six classroom primary school. The construction process utilized locally available materials and labour wherever possible.
Today the school has grown to a full secondary school. The education it provides is unparalleled in its local district and having an impact on a national level in this small West African country. Asher continues his involvement in the community to this day.
A modest modern renovation and addition to a home in Kingston's historic Village of Barriefield. The design maintains the historic character of the house and the neighbourhood, deftly following the heritage guidelines to provide clear distinction between old and new elements.
The lower gable roof slopes to match the existing building. But unlike the heritage house - this volume mirrors in scale, material and detail the character barn across the backyard of the property. This not only compliments the heritage character and quality of the barn but indeed enhances it.
Inside, the ground floor provides a large open plan layout, with a spacious well lit kitchen, capitalizing on views towards the Great Cataraqui River and the City of Kingston.
2017 (concept design)
The King’s University is a liberal arts university looking to expand its programs in the Sciences to provide a more integrated approach across multiple disciplines, and in doing so attract more students to their well-established and recognized Science programs. The Centre for Excellence in the Sciences combines innovative, sustainable building systems with non-traditional learning spaces that allow for the integration of off-campus learning and traditional research methods.
The new building is the first piece in a campus-wide revitalization. Its organization seeks to solve current circulation issues on campus, provide much needed communal gathering space, and demonstrate a well organized, sustainable vision for future campus buildings.
One of Central Alberta's newest craft breweries, Blindman have been making a name for themselves with their delicious brews, from classic farmhouse to award-winning Kettle Sours. Located in an out-of-the-way industrial park in east Lacombe, they needed a comfortable and inviting space to draw in a local clientele typically wary of strange brews, as well as the growler touting travellers on tour from Edmonton or Calgary.
On a tight budget, the founders needed a design that they could construct themselves. The exposed plywood and concrete palette with simple LED and 2x6 light fixtures ensures that the beer on tap remains front and centre. The taproom has already become a favourite local hangout.
As a team, Tracey and Asher bring more than three decades of architectural experience and project leadership in all manner of building types and sizes, from small installations to multi-million dollar institutions.