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.
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.
The Eton accessory building is a simple single bay garage 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 is being coordinated by the owners with the strategic help of friends and Create Digital Fabrication Studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.