Crosstown Loft / Campos Leckie Studio

© John Sinal

Architects: Campos Leckie Studio
Location: Crosstown, Vancouver,
Site characteristics: Urban split-level loft
Program: Convertible spaces – 2 bdrm, nursery, 1.5 bath, kitchen, living, dining, roof deck
Project area: 2,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: John Sinal

© John Sinal

A hip young couple living in Vancouver’s Yaletown entertainment district gets married and decides to start a family. Requiring more space than they can afford in Yaletown, but deliberately wanting to avoid the typical retreat to the suburbs, the couple purchases a run-down loft space a few blocks away in Crosstown – i.e. on the edge of Vancouver’s ‘undesirable’ Lower East Side neighborhood. With modest means and a tight timeline (baby on the way) a former after-hours party venue was converted into a home for a growing family.

© John Sinal

The existing building at 550 Beatty St was Vancouver’s first ‘New York style open plan loft’ – a 1907 warehouse that was originally retrofitted into residential open-plan lofts in 1981. In this new third iteration of the life of the building, the two-floor dwelling is programmed with 1000sf of living and entertaining ‘public’ space upstairs and 1000sf of convertible sleeping and play ‘private’ space downstairs.


The lower floor plan employs a series of sliding partitions that convert the layout from a single open plan space during the day, into a two bedroom plus nursery layout at night.

© John Sinal

Points of Interest

This project presents an alternative to suburban living for young families. The decisions of individual families to collectively reclaim neglected parts of the urban fabric presents a compelling model for urban revitalization and adaptive re-use. The design demonstrates a creative architectural response to the challenges of creating ‘rooms’ in generic loft spaces – which typically only have access to light and air at one end of an extremely deep floor plan.

Cite: "Crosstown Loft / Campos Leckie Studio" 18 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • gbot

    Very Nice!

  • rd

    you have to go through the 2nd bedroom to get to the washroom? not the best.

    • camposleckie

      What?! Someone actually read the plans?! ‘rd’ you’ve raised a very good point. When the renovation was designed the clients were expecting their first child and the space planning scenario was as follows: the partitioned bedroom on the lower floor was initially the ‘master bdrm’ – with ensuite and attached nursery. The rest of the lower floor plate was dedicated to home office and play space. By the time the finished photos were taken, however, the couple had just had their second baby, and decided to assign the partitioned room to the older child and relocate the master bedroom into the open part of the floor plate. Our proposal was to add another longitudinal wall fragment and slider between the nursery and the partitioned bdrm to allow for a corridor to the washroom when both kids were sleeping (also to allow for travel to and from the nursery without passing through the older child’s room). We’ve posted the proposed plan with additional sliding panel here: In the end, however, the clients indicated that the plan was fine with their young kids and they left the original configuration in place. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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