Architecture & Interior Design in Vancouver BC
PUBLIC Architecture is a Vancouver-based design firm committed to a more sustainable and just world, working primarily in the housing, education, and civic sectors.
This report investigates the benefits to residential construction—unlocked sites and greater floor area, design flexibility, and livability—brought about by code reform allowing for a single-stair exit.
Current building code requires two staircases in residential buildings above two storeys. Single-staircase solutions exist that will address safety issues, enhance livability, and create more homes. This comparative study presents alternatives for typical Metro Vancouver scenarios.
PUBLIC acknowledges that the land on which we work is in the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to work here as uninvited guests and take seriously our role in reconciliation of resulting injustices.