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Paris Block & Paris Annex // Ankenman Marchand Architects

Vancouver, Canada

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The Paris Block is a beautiful 1907 Edwardian character building.
This ambitious refurbishment project was conceived as a heritage conversion of 29 incumbent luxury lofts plus street level retail within a 100-year-old commercial building.
The challenge was to uphold the flavour of a historic shoe factory, while upgrading the infrastructure, refurbishing the facade and retrofitting a new function.

© Ed White Photographics

© Ed White Photographics

© Ed White Photographics

© Ed White Photographics

Preserved were; exposed steel beams, high ceilings, original brickwork and exterior signage.
The resulting Paris Block lofts embody charm, character and a reborn function- a design that successfully pays homage the old industrial factory.
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© Ankenman Marchand Architects

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© Marcos Armstrong

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Winnetonka High School Addition // BNIM

North Kansas City, MO, United States

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