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The project started with a simple question: How do we design a house that will last a hundred years or more, and accommodate multiple generations of family members to grow up and grow old together? Full House is a multi-generational housing typology developed fora Vancouver site. [1]

There is an increasing demand for detached family homes that can accommodate more than a single family, says architect Michael Leckie (Leckie Studio Architecture + Design). 

The key is fluidity and flexibility in the design, he says, and the way the spaces can be “recombined in multiple ways”. (…) 

Another factor that has to be considered when designing for multiple generations, says Leckie, is the landscaping. 

“We’ve manipulated the ground plane in the front yard, as well as the back yard to maximize the accessibility to the main floor of the house,” he says. 

Leckie says that if architecture is to last 50 or 100 years or more, it has to be functional and viable and support the lifestyle of the occupants, both in the short and the long term. [2]


Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence, 2017


[1]   “Full House.” Canadian Architect, April 7, 2019. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/full-house/.

[2]     Keillor, Rebecca. “The Home Front: Designing for a Full House.” Vancouver Sun. Vancouver Sun, July 28, 2018. https://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/the-home-front-designing-for-a-full-house.

Additional information

“Canadian Architect 2017 Award of Excellence .” Canadian Architect, 2017. https://s3-ca-central-1.amazonaws.com/cdnarchitect/2019/04/07155425/3-Full-House-Excellence.pdf.

“Full House.” Leckie Studio Architecture + Design, June 11, 2020. https://leckiestudio.com/portfolio/full-house/.

“Full House: Leckie Studio Architecture + Design.” Archello. Accessed May 28, 2021. https://archello.com/project/full-house.

Project Title: Full House
Artists:  Michael Leckie Studio Architecture + Design
Place: Vancouver, BC

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